Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun High-quality porcelain or other ceramic ware, originally made in China.
  • noun Porcelain or earthenware used for the table.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The common name of porcelain and of porcelain-ware. See porcelain.
  • noun Cinchona bark.
  • noun Quinine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A country in Eastern Asia.
  • noun China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See Porcelain.
  • noun (Bot.) a well-known garden flower and plant. See Aster.
  • noun See under Bean, 1.
  • noun See Kaolin.
  • noun Same as Ramie.
  • noun See India ink.
  • noun (Bot.) an anual or biennial species of Dianthus (Dianthus Chiensis) having variously colored single or double flowers; Indian pink.
  • noun (Med.) the rootstock of a species of Smilax (Smilax China, from the East Indies; -- formerly much esteemed for the purposes that sarsaparilla is now used for. Also the galanga root (from Alpinia Gallanga and Alpinia officinarum).
  • noun (Bot.) A flowering hothouse plant (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis) of the Mallow family, common in the gardens of China and the east Indies.
  • noun a shop or store for the sale of China ware or of crockery.
  • noun (Bot.) See Azedarach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Cockney rhyming slang, countable Mate (i.e., friend).
  • noun uncountable The root of a climbing plant, Smilax china L., once believed to have important medicinal properties.
  • noun uncountable Ceramic or porcelain
  • noun uncountable Tableware made from china.
  • noun countable, music A cymbal, flattened at the perimeter, about 16 to 20 inches (40 to 50 centimetres) across, that is ridden or crashed to produce a distinctive "trashy" sound.
  • noun A glazed china marble in children's games.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun high quality porcelain originally made only in China
  • noun a government on the island of Taiwan established in 1949 by Chiang Kai-shek after the conquest of mainland China by the Communists led by Mao Zedong
  • noun a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
  • noun dishware made of high quality porcelain

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Variant of earlier chiney, from Persian chīnī, Chinese, from chīn, China, ultimately of Chinese origin; akin to Mandarin Qín; see Qin.]

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From china plate

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After the country China.

Examples

  • All my email's inboxes are down. well from china hotmail and yahoo has been slow .. and they banned youtube in china~~ what a flung 0_o #dinked I heart Creana "True friends walk in, when the rest walk out."

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  • J um, according to dress, I would say first that the clothing in china is very similar to the clothes you would wear in the US.

    Dress code « Peace Corps: China

  • Please ensure your china is at room temperature first – do not bring it in directly from a cold car in winter and plunk it into warm water.

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  • KAYE: Officers hope the suspected dealer will lead them to what they call china white, heroin so pure, so potent, so powerful, it killed 55 people in St. Louis in just the first six months of this year.

    CNN Transcript Mar 9, 2007

  • KAYE: Officers hope the suspected dealer will lead them to what they call china white, heroin so pure, so potent, so powerful it killed 55 people in St. Louis in just the first six months of this year.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2006

  • KAYE: Officers hope the suspected dealer will lead them to what they call china white.

    CNN Transcript Sep 13, 2006

  • KAYE: Officers hope the suspected dealer will lead them to what they call china white, heroin so pure, so potent, so powerful it killed 55 people in St. Louis in just the first six months of this year.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2006

  • It’s not that having things made in china is inherently bad, it’s that * everything* is made in china, and therefore, we are sending our money out the window as fast as we can manage.

    P2P: just an excuse for ACTA

  • Looks like china is smarter than obama – they know gorebal warming is a hoax!

    Obama near climate change accord with China, others

  • Yes | No | Report from the cowboy wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago piece-o-crap gun. made in china for 30$ and the rest is simply shipping and retail add-ons so they can make money. buy a t/c bone collecter you can buy one for 200-300$ if you know how to buy used guns (talk them down) +2 Good Comment?

    I know that everyone here has heard of gander mountain.I've decided to postpone my paintball adventure of a great deal on a .50c

Comments

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  • I think that it's interesting that china (or China?) showed up on the Most Wordied, Last 7 Days list. All of the other words are either slightly esoteric, or at least pretty. Sometimes I wonder what would happen to that list if all of us tried not to steal or repeat words for an entire week. Would it break? Would it choose ten random words? I admit that I'm curious....

    July 25, 2007

  • I wondered about douban also. Turns out two of the people who recently listed douban also listed China. description of douban here: http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2005/12/13/douban

    Now I understand why the appearance of these words surprised me--they are outside of my usual frame of reference.

    July 25, 2007

  • If United States citizens are to be called Uniters (for clarity) then citizens of the People's Republic of China ought to be called People (capital P, again, for clarity). And they don't speak Chinese, they speak Republican. Listen to what I say, I have the plan. I will make the world a wonderful place, and an accurate one.

    July 25, 2007

  • So citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are to be called Democrats, but they speak Republican? I'm confused.

    And what about the Virgin Islands? ;->

    July 25, 2007

  • U, U are a silly billy! (and I don't care what your name is, I will call you Silly Billy Smith.

    Listen up: Uniters is not a good idea.

    July 25, 2007

  • Cute comment about VIers, R. I almost missed it. Somehow I am doubtful . . .

    July 25, 2007

  • Silly willy nilly Billy Smith! ;^D

    July 25, 2007

  • Is it just me, or is it a little chilly in here?

    July 25, 2007

  • It's for the lilies.

    July 25, 2007

  • BS, have you met Silly Dilly Thoroughly Modern Milly?

    July 25, 2007