n 1: a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern 2: a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery [syn: herringbone, herringbone pattern]
I. nounUsage: often attributive Date: 1659 1. a pattern made up of rows of parallel lines which in any two adjacent rows slope in opposite directions 2.a. a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern; also a suit made of this fabric b. a herringbone arrangement (as of materials or parts) 3. a method in skiing of ascending a slope by herringboning II. verbDate: 1787 transitive verb1. to produce a herringbone pattern on 2. to arrange in a herringbone pattern intransitive verb1. to produce a herringbone pattern 2. to ascend a slope by toeing out on skis and placing the weight on the inner side
Herringbone Her"ring*bone` (h[e^]r"r[i^]ng*b[=o]n`), a. Pertaining to, or like, the spine of a herring; especially, characterized by an arrangement of work in rows of parallel lines, which in the alternate rows slope in different directions. Herringbone stitch, a kind of cross-stitch in needlework, chiefly used in flannel. --Simmonds.