Meaning of SHIN in English


I. ˈshin noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English shine, from Old English scinu; akin to Middle Dutch schene shin, Old High German scina shin, needle, Swedish dialect skener iceskate, Norwegian dialect skina thin plate or disk, Old English scēadan to divide, separate — more at shed



(1) : the front part of the vertebrate leg below the knee

(2) : the front edge of the tibia

(3) : the lower part of the leg

b. : the lower part of the foreleg in beef cattle ; specifically : a cut of meat consisting of a cross section of lower-leg bone and muscle used for boiling or braising

c. : tibia 1b

2. archaic : the ridge of a hill

3. : the lower forward corner of a plow moldboard

II. verb

( shinned ; shinned ; shinning ; shins )

intransitive verb

1. : to use the shins in climbing : climb (as a mast, tree, rope) by embracing alternately with the arms or hands and legs without help (as of steps or spurs)

shinned down a drainpipe — Frank O'Connor

still building bridges, but was not shinning up cables — Allan Seager

2. : to move forward rapidly on foot

was up in a second and shinning down the hill — Mark Twain

transitive verb

1. : to kick or strike on the shins

been well shinned half a dozen times in scrimmages at football — Samuel Butler †1902

2. : to climb up or down by shinning

reached the open window by shinning the tree

III. “, ˈshēn noun

( -s )

Usage: capitalized

Etymology: Japanese, literally, belief, faith

: a major Japanese Buddhist sect growing out of Jodo that emphasizes salvation by faith alone, has a married clergy, and holds to the exclusive worship of Amida Buddha — called also Shin-shu

IV. ˈshēn also ˈshin noun

( -s )

Etymology: Hebrew shīn, literally, tooth

1. : the 22d letter of the Hebrew alphabet — symbol שׁ; see alphabet table

2. : the letter corresponding to Hebrew shin in the Phoenician or in any of various other Semitic alphabets

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