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herringbone

[her-ing-bohn] /ˈhɛr ɪŋˌboʊn/
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.
  1. Also called chevron, chevron weave, herringbone weave. a type of twill weave having this pattern.
  2. a fabric constructed with this weave.
  3. 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
1645-1655
1645-55; herring + bone
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  • Forged from this intricate folding, the polished blades rippled with chevron or herringbone patterns.
  • The inner surface of the device has a herringbone design, which generates a vortex in the blood flowing through it.
  • The convoy pulled into a defensive herringbone formation and stopped.
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  • Clutch-shaped, it was deftly fashioned from natural-colored, dried sago palm fibers and worked in a herringbone pattern.
  • Interior woodwork is characterized by beaded paneling arranged in herringbone pattern.
  • In herringbone and parallel parlors, the milker generally milks one row at a time.
British Dictionary definitions for herringbone

herringbone

/ˈhɛrɪŋˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
  1. 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
  2. (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
verb
3.
to decorate (textiles, brickwork, etc) with herringbone
4.
(intransitive) (skiing) to ascend a slope in herringbone fashion
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Word Origin and History for herringbone

also herring-bone, 1650s in literal sense and also as a type of stitch, from herring + bone. From 1905 as a type of cirrocumulus cloud.

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