herring-bone weave

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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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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