Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Nautical, to calk temporarily, as the seams of a ship, by forcing in the oakum with a chisel or the point of a knife.

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

  • verb (Naut.) To thrust oakum into (seams or chinks) with a chisel , the point of a knife, or a chinsing iron; to calk slightly.
  • verb a light calking iron.

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

  • verb nautical To thrust oakum into (seams or chinks) with a chisel, the point of a knife, or a chinsing iron; to calk slightly.

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  • "To chinse is to thrust oakum into a seam, or chink, with the point of a knife, or chisel. This is chiefly used as a temporary expedient when calking (sic) cannot be safely or conveniently performed."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 86

    See also making-iron.

    October 12, 2008