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

  • noun Any of various hard, dark-colored rocks, especially basalt and chert.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as whin.

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

  • noun A provincial name given in England to basaltic rocks, and applied by miners to other kind of dark-colored unstratified rocks which resist the point of the pick. -- for example, to masses of chert. Whin-dikes, and whin-sills, are names sometimes given to veins or beds of basalt.

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  • noun Any hard dark-coloured rock.

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

  • noun any of various hard colored rocks (especially rocks consisting of chert or basalt)


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  • (n): locally in England, any of various kinds of unusually hard, resistant basaltic rock, much used for road mending. Cf. whin.

    January 16, 2009