shin

noun (1)
\ ˈshin How to pronounce shin (audio) \

Definition of shin

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: the front part of the vertebrate leg below the knee

shin

verb
shinned; shinning

Definition of shin (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : shinny
2 : to move forward rapidly on foot

transitive verb

1 : to kick or strike on the shins
2 : to climb by shinnying

shin

noun (2)
\ ˈshēn How to pronounce shin (audio) , ˈshin \

Definition of shin (Entry 3 of 4)

: the 22nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see Alphabet Table

Shin

noun (3)
\ ˈshin How to pronounce Shin (audio) , ˈshēn \

Definition of Shin (Entry 4 of 4)

: a major Japanese Buddhist sect that emphasizes salvation by faith in exclusive worship of Amida Buddha

First Known Use of shin

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1829, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shin

Noun (1)

Middle English shine, from Old English scinu; akin to Old High German scina shin, Old English scīa shin, leg

Noun (2)

Hebrew shīn

Noun (3)

Japanese, literally, truth

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“Shin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shin. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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shin

noun
\ ˈshin How to pronounce shin (audio) \

Kids Definition of shin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the front part of the leg below the knee

shin

verb
shinned; shinning

Kids Definition of shin (Entry 2 of 2)

: shinny

shin

noun
\ ˈshin How to pronounce shin (audio) \

Medical Definition of shin

: the front part of the leg below the knee

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