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."

Primary Meanings of chink

1.
nv
a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
fill the chinks of, as with caulking
2.
nv
a short light metallic sound
make or emit a high sound
3.
n
(ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent
Full Definitions of chink
1

n a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall

Type of:
cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
a long narrow opening

v fill the chinks of, as with caulking

Type of:
plug, secure, stop up
fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug

v make cracks or chinks in

Synonyms:
check
break, check, crack
become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
Type of:
crack
cause to become cracked
2

n a short light metallic sound

Synonyms:
click, clink
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

v make or emit a high sound

Synonyms:
clink, tink, tinkle
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound
3

n (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent

Type of:
Chinese
a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China

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