Shin (?), n. [OE. shine, schine, AS. scina; akin to D. scheen, OHG. scina, G. schiene, schienbein, Dan. skinnebeen, Sw. skenben. Cf. Chine.]


The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone; the lower part of the leg; the shank.

"On his shin."


2. Railbroad

A fish plate for rails.


Shin bone Anat., the tibia. -- Shin leaf Bot., a perennial ericaceous herb (Pyrola elliptica) with a cluster of radical leaves and a raceme of greenish white flowers.


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Shin, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shinned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Shinning.]


To climb a mast, tree, rope, or the like, by embracing it alternately with the arms and legs, without help of steps, spurs, or the like; -- used with up; as, to shin up a mast.

[Slang] <-- now usu. shinny -->


To run about borrowing money hastily and temporarily, as for the payment of one's notes at the bank.

[Slang, U.S.]



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Shin, v. t.

To climb (a pole, etc.) by shinning up.



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