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.
Also called chevron, chevron weave, herringbone weave. a type of twill weave having this pattern.
a fabric constructed with this weave.
a garment made from such a fabric, especially a suit.
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.
having or resembling herringbone: herringbone tweed.

1645–55; herring + bone

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herringbone (ˈhɛrɪŋˌbəʊn)
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
3.  to decorate (textiles, brickwork, etc) with herringbone
4.  (intr) skiing to ascend a slope in herringbone fashion

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Example sentences
The stiff horizontal branches are set in a herringbone pattern.
When the rubber is released, the silicon buckles but does not break, forming a
  sort of herringbone pattern.
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.
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