• WordNet 3.6
    • n chevron an inverted V-shaped charge
    • n chevron V-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service "they earned their stripes in Kuwait"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chevron (Mil) A distinguishing mark, above the elbow, on the sleeve of a non-commissioned officer's coat.
    • Chevron (Arch) A zigzag molding, or group of moldings, common in Norman architecture.
    • Chevron (Her) One of the nine honorable ordinaries, consisting of two broad bands of the width of the bar, issuing, respectively from the dexter and sinister bases of the field and conjoined at its center.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chevron In heraldry, one of the honorable ordinaries. It is supposed to represent two rafters, as of a roof, leaning against each other at the top; but it may more properly be described as the lower half of a saltier completed to a point at the top. The two arms of the chevron rest upon the sinister and dexter bases of the field, and are joined in the center. It occupies one fifth of the surface of the field.
    • n chevron A variety of fret ornament common in Norman and other Romanesque architecture. When systematically repeated it forms a chevron-molding. Also called zigzag, chevron-work, and dancette.
    • n chevron Milit., a badge consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the coat-sleeves of non-commissioned officers, above the elbow. The number of stripes indicates the rank of the bearer: as, for a sergeant-major, three bars and an arc; for a quartermaster-sergeant, three bars and a tie of three bars; for a sergeant, three bars; for a corporal, two bars.
    • n chevron In anatomy and zoology, a chevron-bone (which see).
    • n chevron plural In carpentry, a pair of rafters set up and meeting at the ridge; or two rafters held together at the foot by a tie of some kind and therefore ready to put into place as a truss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chevron shev′ron a rafter:
    • n Chevron shev′ron (her.) the representation of two rafters of a house meeting at the top: the V-shaped band of worsted braid or gold lace worn on the sleeve of a non-commissioned officer's coat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., rafter, chevron, from chévre, goat, OF. chevre, fr. L. capra, she-goat. See Cheveril
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chevron (Sp. cabrio), a rafter—L. capreolus, dim. of caper, a goat.


In literature:

Others: On a red field, a chevron between three stars, all gold.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
He had corporal's chevrons on.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
That's how he got his corporal's chevrons.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
Arms: Vert, on a chevron or, three roses gules, slipped and leaved vert.
"Notes and Queries, Number 227, March 4, 1854" by Various
Of Grimes, Hal had already purchased the necessary sergeant chevrons that he might have them ready.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
His chevrons and facings are yellow.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
It is inclosed in a square frame adorned with chevrons.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
Engraved on the body is a shield of arms, a chevron between three crosses fleury, surrounded by tied feathers.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
She was looking down at the chevron of gold sparks on his sleeve.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
And the pay for it all was a gold wound chevron to wear on the sleeve, or a dangling, glittering medal testifying to courage and sacrifice!
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke

In news:

Chevron Corp received a boost to its efforts to restart oil output in Brazil after a court overturned a ban on its operating in the country and the company agreed on a plan to improve safety procedures after an oil spill last year.
Ecuadoreans seeking Chevron's Argentine assets to enforce $19 billion oil spills judgment.
Increased cleanup costs create confusion Chevron property at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton.
Chevron Ad Campaign Answers Critics Head-On.
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County civil grand jury is investigating El Segundo's tax dealings with the Chevron Corp.
Chevron Can Turn It On.
It is a film that explores the legal battle against the Chevron oil company for the oil harvests in Ecuador.
Chevron Corporation 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road Building T, Room B108 San Ramon, CA 94583.
Chevron fire truck didn't spark fire.
Brent Tippen, a Chevron spokesperson, confirmed that flaring had occurred at the refinery earlier in the evening, but that it was conducted as a safety precaution.
A masked man armed with a large handgun robbed a Chevron gas station and fled on foot Wednesday night.
The robbery occurred at about 11:05 pm at the Chevron station at 12681 Magnolia St in Garden Grove.
Banner hung from Richmond Bridge to remind shareholders of Chevron's legal woes.
This March 9, 2010, photo shows a tanker truck passing Richmond's Chevron oil refinery.
Chevron's expansion plans hampered by refinery fire.

In science:

To cope with the large charged particles multiplicities expected in Pb+Pb collisions at LHC and to provide the necessary position resolution for track reconstruction, the readout of the DC is done on a chevron pad plane .
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
We use the chevron width of 10 mm and the chevron step is tailored to the anode wire pitch of 5 mm.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
Mathieson, “Investigation of chevron cathode pads for position encoding in very high rate, gas proportional chambers”, IEEE Trans. on Nucl.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
On the left (between 0 and π ), the caustics (thick lines) given by formula (7) reproduce the “chevrons”.
Out-of-equilibrium states as statistical equilibria of an effective dynamics
Starting from an initial condition with all the particles evenly distributed on the circle, one observes a very rapid concentration of particles, followed by the quasi periodic appearence of “chevrons”, that shrink as time increases.
Out-of-equilibrium states as statistical equilibria of an effective dynamics