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chink

See also: Chink

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Of uncertain origin; apparently a re-formation of chine.

NounEdit

chink (plural chinks)

  1. A narrow opening such as a fissure or crack.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      Yet I did not give way, but settled to wait for the dawn, which must, I knew, be now at hand; for then I thought enough light would come through the chinks of the tomb above to show me how to set to work.
    • Macaulay
      Through one cloudless chink, in a black, stormy sky, / Shines out the dewy morning star.
  2. A chip or dent (in something metallic).
  3. A vulnerability or flaw in a protection system or in any otherwise formidable system, idiomatically derived from the phrase "chink in armor".
    The warrior saw a chink in her enemy's armor, and aimed her spear accordingly.
    The chink in the theory is that the invaders have superior muskets.
    • 2011 January 30, Kevin Darlng, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Huddersfield”, BBC:
      The first chink in Arsenal's relaxed afternoon occurred when key midfielder Samir Nasri pulled up with a hamstring injury and was replaced.
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VerbEdit

chink (third-person singular simple present chinks, present participle chinking, simple past and past participle chinked)

  1. (transitive) To fill an opening such as the space between logs in a log house with chinking; to caulk.
    to chink a wall
  2. (intransitive) To crack; to open.
  3. (transitive) To cause to open in cracks or fissures.
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Etymology 2Edit

Onomatopoeic.

NounEdit

chink (plural chinks)

  1. A slight sound as of metal objects touching each other.
  2. (colloquial, now rare) Ready money, especially in the form of coins.
    • 1834, David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of, Nebraska 1987, pp. 47-8:
      I thought that if all the hills about there were pure chink, and all belonged to me, I would give them if I could just talk to her when I wanted to []
    • Somerville
      to leave his chink to better hands
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VerbEdit

chink (third-person singular simple present chinks, present participle chinking, simple past and past participle chinked)

  1. (intransitive) To make a slight sound like that of metal objects touching.
    The coins were chinking in his pocket.
  2. (transitive) To cause to make a sharp metallic sound, as coins, small pieces of metal, etc., by bringing them into collision with each other.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Alexander Pope to this entry?)
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Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

chink (plural chinks)

  1. Alternative form of Chink