American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A narrow opening, such as a crack or fissure.
- v. To make narrow openings in.
- v. To fill narrow openings in.
- n. A slight, metallic sound, as of coins rattling in a pocket.
- v. To make or cause to make a slight, metallic sound.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crack; a cleft, rent, or fissure of greater length than breadth; a gap: as, the chinks of a wall.
- To crack; split; gape.
- To cause to open or part and form a fissure; make chinks in.
- To fill up chinks in: as, to chink a wall or a pavement.
- To put into a chink or chinks: as, to chink in mortar.
- To make a fine sharp sound, as that produced by the collision of small pieces of metal.
- To cause to emit a sharp, clear metallic sound, as by shaking coins together.
- n. A short, sharp, clear metallic sound.
- n. Coin: so called from its metallic ring.
- n. The chaffinch, Fringilla Cœlebs.
- n. The reed-bunting, Emberiza schæniculus.
- n. A fit, as of coughing or laughing.
- n. An obsolete form of chinch.
- n. The variegated pattern shown by oak and other woods when cut across the grain.
- n. A sprain of the back.
- n. A Chinaman.
- n. A narrow opening such as a fissure or crack.
- n. A chip or dent (in something metallic).
- n. A vulnerability or flaw in a protection system or in any otherwise formidable system, idiomatically derived from the phrase "chink in armor".
- n. slang coin or ready cash (1565-75)
- v. To fill an opening such as the space between logs in a log house with chinking; to caulk.
- n. A slight sound as of metal objects touching each other.
- n. colloquial Ready money, especially in the form of coins.
- v. To make a slight sound like that of metal objects touching.
- n. Alternative form of Chink.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small cleft, rent, or fissure, of greater length than breadth; a gap or crack.
- n. slang a chinaman; a chinese person; -- disparaging and offensive.
- v. To crack; to open.
- v. To cause to open in cracks or fissures.
- v. To fill up the chinks of.
- n. A short, sharp sound, as of metal struck with a slight degree of violence.
- n. Cant Money; cash.
- v. To cause to make a sharp metallic sound, as coins, small pieces of metal, etc., by bringing them into collision with each other.
- v. To make a slight, sharp, metallic sound, as by the collision of little pieces of money, or other small sonorous bodies.
- v. make cracks or chinks in
- n. a short light metallic sound
- n. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent
- v. fill the chinks of, as with caulking
- n. a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
- v. make or emit a high sound
- Onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)
- Probably alteration of obsolete chine, from Middle English, crack, from Old English cine.Imitative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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