chink

A chink is a very narrow opening or crack. A chink in your bedroom curtains might let enough early morning sunlight in that you'll wake up before your alarm goes off.

Use the word chink to describe the slightest gap between slats in a blind or crevice between two rocks on a cliff. Sometimes the light that shows through this space is also called a chink; "Just a chink of light shone beneath the shade on the airplane window." Chink comes from the Old English cinu, "fissure," and the related cinan, "to crack or split."

Definitions of chink
  1. noun
    a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
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    type of:
    cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
    a long narrow opening
  2. verb
    fill the chinks of, as with caulking
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    type of:
    plug, secure, stop up
    fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
  3. verb
    make cracks or chinks in
    synonyms: check
    break, check, crack
    become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
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    type of:
    crack
    cause to become cracked
  4. noun
    a short light metallic sound
    synonyms: click, clink
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    type of:
    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  5. verb
    make or emit a high sound
    synonyms: clink, tink, tinkle
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  6. noun
    (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent
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    type of:
    Chinese
    a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
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