1 [shin]
the front part of the leg from the knee to the ankle.
the lower part of the foreleg in cattle.
the shinbone or tibia, especially its sharp edge or front portion.
Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to the U.S. shank, usually cut into small pieces for stewing.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), shinned, shinning.
to climb by holding fast with the hands or arms and legs and drawing oneself up.

before 1000; Middle English shine, Old English scinu; cognate with Dutch scheen, German Schien(bein) Unabridged


2 [sheen, shin]
the 21st letter of the hebrew alphabet.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.

1895–1900; < Hebrew shīn, akin to shēn tooth


the 13th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

< Arabic


[shin, sheen]
noun Buddhism.
a Japanese offshoot of the Pure Land Sect, requiring only faith in Amida for salvation through his accumulated merit.

1895–1900; < Japanese: literally, faith < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese zhēn truth Unabridged
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shin1 (ʃɪn)
1.  the front part of the lower leg
2.  the front edge of the tibia
3.  chiefly (Brit) a cut of beef, the lower foreleg
vb (when intr, often foll by up) , shins, shinning, shinned
4.  to climb (a pole, tree, etc) by gripping with the hands or arms and the legs and hauling oneself up
5.  (tr) to kick (a person) in the shins
[Old English scinu; related to Old High German scina needle, Norwegian dialect skina small disc]

shin2 (ʃɪn)
the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ש), transliterated as sh
[from Hebrew shīn, literally: tooth]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. scinu "shin," from P.Gmc. *skino "thin piece" (cf. Du. scheen, O.H.G. scina, Ger. Schienbein "shin, shinbones"), from PIE base *skei- "to cut, split." The verb meaning "to climb by using arms and legs" (originally a nautical word) is recorded from 1829. A shin-plaster was a piece of paper soaked
in vinegar and used to treat sore legs; in U.S. history, it was used jocularly for "devalued low-denomination paper currency" (1824). Shin splints is attested from 1930.
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Medical Dictionary

shin (shĭn)

  1. The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.

  2. The tibia.

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Example sentences
One part will be attached to the end of your thigh bone and the other part will
  be attached to your shin bone.
On the soccer field, a searing kick to the shin is inevitable.
His left leg ended in a piece of jagged, shockingly white shin bone.
He steps all over her feet, tries out trick steps and kicks her in the shin
  every so often.
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