Definitions for: Chine


[n] backbone of an animal
[n] cut of meat or fish including at least part of the backbone
[v] cut through the backbone of an animal



Webster (1913) Definition: Chine, n. [Cf. Chink.]
A chink or cleft; a narrow and deep ravine; as, Shanklin
Chine in the Isle of Wight, a quarter of a mile long and 230
feet deep. [Prov. Eng.] ``The cottage in a chine.'' --J.
Ingelow.


Chine, n.[OF. eschine, F. ['e]chine, fr. OHG. skina
needle, prickle, shin, G. schiene splint, schienbein shin.
For the meaning cf. L. spina thorn, prickle, or spine, the
backbone. Cf. Shin.]
1. The backbone or spine of an animal; the back. ``And chine
with rising bristles roughly spread.'' --Dryden.

2. A piece of the backbone of an animal, with the adjoining
parts, cut for cooking.

Note: [See Illust. of Beef.]

3. The edge or rim of a cask, etc., formed by the projecting
ends of the staves; the chamfered end of a stave.


Chine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chined.]
1. To cut through the backbone of; to cut into chine pieces.

2. Too chamfer the ends of a stave and form the chine..

See Also: back, backbone, butcher, cut, cut of meat, rachis, slaughter, spinal column, spine, vertebral column

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