Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The process of filling the interstices between the logs of log houses preparatory to plastering them over with clay. The double process is known as chinking and daubing.
- n. The material used for filling chinks.
“That is what they called chinking to keep the wind and rain out.”
“The chinking was a simple matter, and when it was all done, including”
“She _smelt_, so to say, that there was something underneath the offer which was not to her advantage; but then the thought of thirty crowns a month, of all those coins chinking in her apron, falling to her, as it were, from the skies, without her doing anything for it, filled her with covetousness.”
“Mortar work between the logs, also known as chinking, would have originally been of mud and straw.”
“Many a rain had beaten against the "chinking" and we had no trouble in finding openings through which we could plainly see all that went forward within.”
“He caught sight of the end of little Jim Coggin's comforter flaunting out through the "chinking," -- as the mountaineers call the series of short slats which are set diagonally in the spaces between the logs of the walls, and on which the clay is thickly daubed.”
“They had been the "chinking" between the "mud" of slavery and the "house-logs" of aristocracy in the social structure of the South -- a little better than the mud because of the same grain and nature as the logs; but useless and nameless except as in relation to both.”
“With a little "chinking" and the addition of a door and perhaps a window, it would have made a much more comfortable place of abode than the miserable bark structure which Godfrey had so long occupied.”
“The little log house, with its chimney of sticks, its roof of warping clapboards weighted with traversing poles and its "chinking" of clay, had a single door and, directly opposite, a window.”
“Two robins are engaged in a musical duel, chaffinches flit from branch to branch plinking and chinking constantly.”
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