—n. 1. the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
2. the prominence of the lower jaw.
4. keep one's chin up, to maintain a cheerful disposition in spite of difficulties, disappointments, etc. Also,chin up. 5. take it on the chin,Informal. a. to suffer defeat; fail completely.
b. to endure suffering or punishment.
—v.t. 1. Gymnastics. a. to bring one's chin up to (a horizontal bar, from which one is hanging by the hands), by bending the elbows.
b. to raise (oneself) to this position.
2. to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
3. Archaic.to talk to; chatter with.
—v.i. 1. Gymnastics.to chin oneself.
2. Slang.to talk; chatter: We sat up all night chinning about our college days.
Pronunciation: (jin),[key] —n. 1. Also,Tsin.any of three dynasties that ruled in China, a.d. 265–316 (the Western Chin), a.d. 317–420 (the Eastern Chin), and a.d. 936–46 (the Later Chin).
2. a dynasty that ruled in China 1115–1234. Also,Jin.
Pronunciation: (chin; Chin. chēn),[key] —n. a Chinese zither consisting of an oblong, slightly curved wooden box over which are stretched strings that are stopped with one hand and plucked with the other.
Pronunciation: (chin; Chin. chēn),[key] —n. a dynasty in ancient China, 221–206 b.c., marked by the emergence of a unified empire and the construction of much of the Great Wall of China. Also,Qin.