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Definition of "shin" [shin]

  • The front part of the leg below the knee and above the ankle. (noun)
  • The shinbone. (noun)
  • The lower foreleg in beef cattle. Used of cuts of meat. (noun)
  • To climb (a rope or pole, for example) by gripping and pulling alternately with the hands and legs. (verb-transitive)
  • To kick or hit in the shins. (verb-transitive)

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 "shin" in a sentence
  • "For this stupidity I received a couple of stitches on my left knee, my shin is a giant scab, and my right thigh looks as if someone took a baseball bat to it."
  • "New product is what we call shin kicking, it gets the kids to say to mom "I have to get into Build-A-Bear" and then we need something for mom, whether that's a strong promotion, whether that's a bundling opportunity, whether it's some kind of limited edition."
  • "A scar on my shin is from when I pedaled without holding the handlebars and I fell off my red Schwinn with the fat tires, the little straw basket, and the tinkly bell."