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Word of the Day 01/29/16 Herringbone

Herringbone (noun, adjective)
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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