Hypertext Webster Gateway: "chink"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Chink \Chink\, n. [OE. chine, AS. c[=i]ne fissure, chink, fr.
c[=i]nan to gape; akin to Goth. Keinan to sprout, G. keimen.
Cf. {Chit}.]
A small cleft, rent, or fissure, of greater length than
breadth; a gap or crack; as, the chinks of wall.

Through one cloudless chink, in a black, stormy sky.
Shines out the dewy morning star. --Macaulay.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Chink \Chink\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chinked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Chinking}.]
To crack; to open.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Chink \Chink\, v. t.
1. To cause to open in cracks or fissures.

2. To fill up the chinks of; as, to chink a wall.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Chink \Chink\, n. [Of imitative origin. Cf. {Jingle}.]
1. A short, sharp sound, as of metal struck with a slight
degree of violence. ``Chink of bell.'' --Cowper.

2. Money; cash. [Cant] ``To leave his chink to better
hands.'' --Somerville.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Chink \Chink\, v. t.
To cause to make a sharp metallic sound, as coins, small
pieces of metal, etc., by bringing them into collision with
each other. --Pope.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Chink \Chink\, v. i.
To make a slight, sharp, metallic sound, as by the collision
of little pieces of money, or other small sonorous bodies.
--Arbuthnot.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

chink
n 1: offensive terms for a person of Chinese descent [syn: {Chinaman}]
2: a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
3: a short light metallic sound [syn: {click}, {clink}]
v 1: make or emit a high tinkling sound [syn: {tinkle}, {tink}, {clink}]
2: fill the chinks of, as with caulking
3: make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint" [syn:
{check}]


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