\ ˈchīn How to pronounce chine (audio) \

Definition of chine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : backbone, spine also : a cut of meat including all or part of the backbone
2 : the intersection of the bottom and the sides of a flat or V-bottomed boat


chined; chining

Definition of chine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cut through the backbone of (as in butchering)

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Examples of chine in a Sentence

Noun uncovered the chine of some animal while digging in the backyard
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dinner will include traditional favorites as chine of roast pork, pottage of cabbage, leeks and onions, and Indian pudding., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 31 Oct. 2019 The chine fuselage and delta-wing design will allow the XB-1 and the ultimate passenger plane to achieve supersonic speeds without the need for afterburning turbofans, resulting in more efficient flight. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "This Slick Jet Could Repave the Way for Commercial Supersonic Flight," 15 Nov. 2016 The ham has a very distant British cousin called stuffed chine. Kim Severson, New York Times, "In This Corner of Maryland, Holidays Mean a Stuffed Ham," 19 Mar. 2018 Have your butcher crack the roast's chine (backbone) and, for an elegant presentation, french the ribs (trim meat from ends of bone). Woman's Day, "Pork Loin with Cherry-Orange Compote," 17 Nov. 2011 With high necklines and long, full sleeves, rendered in fluid fabrics like silk georgette and crêpe de chine, these are not prudish throwbacks but blank canvases for designer whimsy. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, WSJ, "Fall’s Statement Blouse: Jolt Your Work Look," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of chine


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chine


Middle English, from Anglo-French eschine, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German scina shinbone, needle — more at shin

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“Chine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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