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herringbone

noun, often attributive her·ring·bone \ ˈher-iŋ-ˌbōn , ˈhe-riŋ- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of herringbone

1 : a pattern made up of rows of parallel lines which in any two adjacent rows slope in opposite directions
2 a : a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern; also : a suit made of this fabric
b : a herringbone arrangement (as of materials or parts)
3 : a method in skiing of ascending a slope by herringboning

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First Known Use of herringbone

1659


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herringbone

verb

Definition of herringbone

transitive verb
1 : to produce a herringbone pattern on
2 : to arrange in a herringbone pattern
intransitive verb
1 : to produce a herringbone pattern
2 : to ascend a slope by toeing out on skis and placing the weight on the inner side

First Known Use of herringbone

1787


HERRINGBONE Defined for English Language Learners

herringbone

noun

Definition of herringbone for English Language Learners

  • : a pattern used on cloth that consists of rows of parallel lines that slant in opposite directions to form V shapes


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