herringbone

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English[edit]

Bricks arranged in a herringbone pattern

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Noun[edit]

herringbone (plural herringbones)

  1. A bone of a herring
    • 1884: Samuel Smiles, Men of Invention and Industry
      The prosperity of Amsterdam was then so great that it was said that Amsterdam was "founded on herring-bones."
  2. A zigzag pattern, especially made by bricks, on a cloth, or by stitches in sewing
    • 1861: Charlotte Yonge, The Young Step-Mother
      'The best path of life is but a herring-bone pattern.'
    • 1922: James Joyce, Ulysses
      Mr Bloom walked behind the eyeless feet, a flatcut suit of herringbone tweed.
  3. (skiing) A method of climbing a hill by pointing the skis outward in a V-shape to keep from sliding backwards.
  4. Twilled fabric woven in rows of parallel sloping lines

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herringbone (third-person singular simple present herringbones, present participle herringboning, simple past and past participle herringboned)

  1. To stitch in a herringbone pattern.
    • 1899, Israel Zangwill, "They that Walk in Darkness": Ghetto Tragedies (page 289)
      When, at the head-centre, the lady demonstrator, armed with a Brobdingnagian whalebone needle, threaded with a bright red cord, executed herringboned fantasias on a canvas frame resembling a violin stand, it all looked easy enough.
  2. (skiing) To climb a hill by pointing the skis outward in a V-shape to keep from sliding backwards.