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Definition of "herringbone" []

  • A pattern consisting of rows of short, slanted parallel lines with the direction of the slant alternating row by row and used in masonry, parquetry, embroidery, and weaving. (noun)
  • A twilled fabric woven in this pattern. (noun)
  • Sports A method of climbing a ski slope with the tips of the skis pointed outward. (noun)
  • To arrange or decorate with a herringbone pattern. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce a herringbone pattern. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "herringbone" in a sentence
  • "I started with some plain herringbone in various sizes, did some where the colours overlapped (like that effect a lot) some with thin thread, where the stitches weren't tall enough and just looked like "x" s, then tried couching a large thread down, curving it, adding some other kinds of stitches to make a pattern, and doing some sort of random, freeform herringbone stitches."
  • "Sheep in the City shared a "herringbone" - like stitch pattern for a quick scarf."
  • "The new 'herringbone'-seating configuration allows unrestricted aisle access from each seat."