Definitions for: Chink


[n] a short light metallic sound
[n] a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
[n] offensive terms for a person of Chinese descent
[v] make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint"
[v] fill the chinks of, as with caulking
[v] make or emit a high tinkling sound



Webster (1913) Definition: Chink, n. [OE. chine, AS. c[=i]ne fissure, chink, fr.
c[=i]nan to gape; akin to Goth. Keinan to sprout, G. keimen.
Cf. Chit.]
A small cleft, rent, or fissure, of greater length than
breadth; a gap or crack; as, the chinks of wall.

Through one cloudless chink, in a black, stormy sky.
Shines out the dewy morning star. --Macaulay.


Chink, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chinked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Chinking.]
To crack; to open.


Chink, v. t.
1. To cause to open in cracks or fissures.

2. To fill up the chinks of; as, to chink a wall.


Chink, n. [Of imitative origin. Cf. Jingle.]
1. A short, sharp sound, as of metal struck with a slight
degree of violence. ``Chink of bell.'' --Cowper.

2. Money; cash. [Cant] ``To leave his chink to better
hands.'' --Somerville.


Chink, v. t.
To cause to make a sharp metallic sound, as coins, small
pieces of metal, etc., by bringing them into collision with
each other. --Pope.


Chink, v. i.
To make a slight, sharp, metallic sound, as by the collision
of little pieces of money, or other small sonorous bodies.
--Arbuthnot.

Synonyms: check, Chinaman, click, clink, clink, tink, tinkle

See Also: Chinese, cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, go, plug, scissure, secure, sound, sound, stop up

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