chevron-weave

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[shev-ruhn]
noun
1.
a badge consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve by noncommissioned officers, police officers, etc., as an indication of rank, service, or the like.
2.
an ornament in this form, as on a molding.
3.
Also called chevron weave. herringbone ( def 2a ).
4.
Heraldry. an ordinary in the form of an inverted V .

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English cheveroun < Old French: rafter, chevron < Vulgar Latin *capriōn- (stem of *capriō), derivative of Latin caper goat

chevroned, adjective
unchevroned, adjective
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herringbone

[her-ing-bohn]
noun
1.
a pattern consisting of adjoining vertical rows of slanting lines, any two contiguous lines forming either a V or an inverted V , used in masonry, textiles, embroidery, etc.
2.
Textiles.
a.
Also called chevron, chevron weave, herringbone weave. a type of twill weave having this pattern.
b.
a fabric constructed with this weave.
c.
a garment made from such a fabric, especially a suit.
3.
Skiing. a method of going up a slope in which a skier sets the skis in a form resembling a V , and, placing weight on the inside edges, advances the skis by turns using the poles from behind for push and support.
adjective
4.
having or resembling herringbone: herringbone tweed.

Origin:
1645–55; herring + bone

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chevron (ˈʃɛvrən)
 
n
1.  military a badge or insignia consisting of one or more V-shaped stripes to indicate a noncommissioned rank or length of service
2.  heraldry an inverted V-shaped charge on a shield, one of the earliest ordinaries found in English arms
3.  (usually plural) a pattern of horizontal black and white V-shapes on a road sign indicating a sharp bend
4.  any V-shaped pattern or device
5.  Also called: dancette an ornamental moulding having a zigzag pattern
 
[C14: from Old French, ultimately from Latin caper goat; compare Latin capreoli two pieces of wood forming rafters (literally: little goats)]

herringbone (ˈhɛrɪŋˌbəʊn)
 
n
1.  a.  a pattern used in textiles, brickwork, etc, consisting of two or more rows of short parallel strokes slanting in alternate directions to form a series of parallel Vs or zigzags
 b.  (as modifier): a herringbone jacket; a herringbone pattern of very long, narrow bricks
2.  skiing a method of ascending a slope by walking with the skis pointing outwards and one's weight on the inside edges
 
vb
3.  to decorate (textiles, brickwork, etc) with herringbone
4.  (intr) skiing to ascend a slope in herringbone fashion

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chevron
1390s, from O.Fr. chevron "rafter," since it looks like rafters of a shallow roof, from V.L. *caprione, from L. caper "goat," the likely connection between goats and rafters being the animal's angular hind legs.
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