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noun [countable]     chink pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a very small space in a wall or between two things, especially when this lets light through

    A light shone through a chink in the curtains.

    1. a.
      a small amount of light that shines through a small space
      chink of:

      A chink of moonlight lit his bedroom.

  2. 2
    [usually singular]Sound effect the sound that is made when two glass or metal objects hit each other

    Ella could hear the chink of glasses amid the chatter and laughter.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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