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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chink make cracks or chinks in "The heat checked the paint"
    • v chink fill the chinks of, as with caulking
    • v chink make or emit a high sound "tinkling bells"
    • n chink a short light metallic sound
    • n chink a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
    • n chink (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the mall, the fat sheriff with the shotgun fires at the spiders. When the ejected casings hit the ground, they make a metallic "chink" noise. Shotgun casings are made of plastic.
    • Chink A short, sharp sound, as of metal struck with a slight degree of violence. "Chink of bell."
    • n Chink chĭṉk A small cleft, rent, or fissure, of greater length than breadth; a gap or crack; as, the chinks of a wall. "Through one cloudless chink, in a black, stormy sky.
      Shines out the dewy morning star."
    • Chink Money; cash. "To leave his chink to better hands."
    • v. t Chink To cause to make a sharp metallic sound, as coins, small pieces of metal, etc., by bringing them into collision with each other.
    • Chink To cause to open in cracks or fissures.
    • v. i Chink To crack; to open.
    • Chink To fill up the chinks of; as, to chink a wall.
    • v. i Chink To make a slight, sharp, metallic sound, as by the collision of little pieces of money, or other small sonorous bodies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chink A crack; a cleft, rent, or fissure of greater length than breadth; a gap: as, the chinks of a wall.
    • chink To crack; split; gape.
    • chink To cause to open or part and form a fissure; make chinks in.
    • chink To fill up chinks in: as, to chink a wall or a pavement.
    • chink To put into a chink or chinks: as, to chink in mortar.
    • chink To make a fine sharp sound, as that produced by the collision of small pieces of metal.
    • chink To cause to emit a sharp, clear metallic sound, as by shaking coins together.
    • n chink A short, sharp, clear metallic sound.
    • n chink Coin: so called from its metallic ring.
    • n chink The chaffinch, Fringilla Cœlebs.
    • n chink The reed-bunting, Emberiza schæniculus.
    • n chink A fit, as of coughing or laughing.
    • n chink An obsolete form of chinch.
    • n chink The variegated pattern shown by oak and other woods when cut across the grain.
    • n chink A sprain of the back.
    • n chink A Chinaman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chink chingk a cleft, a narrow opening
    • v.i Chink to crack
    • v.t Chink to fill up cracks
    • n Chink chingk the clink, as of coins
    • v.i Chink to give forth a sharp sound
    • n Chink chingk a gasp for breath
    • v.i Chink to gasp—the northern form Kink
    • ***


  • Florence King
    “Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chine, AS. cīne, fissure, chink, fr. cīnan, to gape; akin to Goth. Keinan, to sprout, G. keimen,. Cf. Chit


In literature:

So they put us to this Chink Labour gang for a rest-cure.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, June 11, 1919" by Various
Some of the slaves chinked 'em up with dirt.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
I pulled the Chinks together and we stopped 'em.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, April 16, 1919" by Various
I clipped one ear off as a reminder, down in Chink Holleran's place.
"The Alaskan" by James Oliver Curwood
By-and-by, they know there will come the chink of the coin again.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
Chinks, you know, like to cook a bang-up meal once in a while.
"The Blood Red Dawn" by Charles Caldwell Dobie
The cabins were built of logs and chinked with rock and mud.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
It's not carrying sail hard to drink a gallon of it; yet I rather think it fills up the chinks better than nothing.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper
O chink some pot of gold beneath my plough!
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
In some parts of Korea the houses were built of stout timbers, the chinks covered with woven cane and plastered with mud.
"Our Little Korean Cousin" by H. Lee M. Pike
Mr. CHAMBERLAIN means to have no Chinks in his armour.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, May 14, 1919" by Various
The windows are open, indeed, but only the infinitesimally small chink that church-windows ever do open.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
For though the place had been cleared and weeded, the tiny green things still grew in the chinks of the pavement.
"A Roman Singer" by F. Marion Crawford
After a little he caught the sound of the chinking gold pieces.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
Get some moss, too, for chinks between rocks.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
The logs were new and the chinks between them filled with clay, still white, showing that the house was of recent build.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
That was when this crazy Chink of mine got took by the song.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
Me good an' great frind fr'm Rhode Island has made me th' akel iv anny Chink that iver rolled a pill.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
Suddenly he was startled by seeing a light shining through the chinks of a building.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
This cottage rattles and creaks, and when the wind blows, it comes in through every chink.
"Heidi" by Johanna Spyri

In poetry:

The wall's now gotten many a chink
Where whoso leans may hear
The feet of them who pass to drink
All at a well clear.
"The Wall Between" by Katharine Tynan
I can only call!
I can't think!
Let me up, that's all!
I see a chink!
I've been thirsting all night
For the glorious light!
"Bird-Songs" by George MacDonald
No heart can share the terror
That haunts his monstrous dark.
The light that filters through the chinks
No other eye can mark.
"Listen..." by Ogden Nash
She kissed it on lip and forehead,
She kissed it on cheek and chink
And she bared her snow-white bosom
To the lips so pale and thin.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And the incense stealing out
Through the chinks, and through the seams,
Floats among the dusty beams,
And wreathes all the bird about.
"Llewellyn" by Walter Richard Cassels
Yet blow, and roll the world about—
Blow, Time, blow, winter's Wind!
Through chinks of time heaven peepeth out,
And Spring the frost behind.
"The Wind of The World" by George MacDonald

In news:

The comic formally known as 'The Iron Chink '.
It's a symbol of the atrocities suffered by Chinese Americans on this continent: a lumbering machine that stripped thousands of their livelihood and was even named for the epithet used against them, the Iron Chink .
GW law professor compares 'Redskins' to ' chink in the armor.
A chink in KVD's armor.
Another Chink in Climate Skeptics' Armor.
A major chink in Grover Norquist's armor.
Fixing cracks, scratches, and chinks in fiberglass is a pretty easy process which often doesn't work out too well.
On the back of yet another quarter of growth, and with market leader Tesco showing some chinks in its armour, Sainsbury's commercial director, Mike Coupe, is striving to continue a momentum buoyed by the Paralympics, John Tylee writes.
Inside, chinking guitars and bouncy bass lines resonate through the wood floor in the front room, where Casper & The Mighty 602 Band are rehearsing for an upcoming show in New Mexico.
Look closely for a chink in the Illinois volleyball team's armor.
This is the new pink chinks debut horseback.
The Vicks loved their old North log-and-chink cabin on Walloon Lake near Petoskey.
The previous owners had re-chinked the logs.
The comic formally known as 'The Iron Chink'.
It's a symbol of the atrocities suffered by Chinese Americans on this continent: a lumbering machine that stripped thousands of their livelihood and was even named for the epithet used against them, the Iron Chink.

In science:

However, with more data, and further analysis, chinks in the CKM armor may well appear.
Theory Summary of the Electroweak Session for Moriond 2005
At HERA and the Tevatron various chinks in the armour of QCD were identified.
QCD Effects in Hadronic Final States
Although strenuous efforts have been made to uncover chinks in its armor, the Standard Model remains so far unscathed by Run I searches at the Tevatron.
Searches for New Physics at the Tevatron