n. & v.
1 a stitch with a zigzag pattern, resembling the pattern of a herring's bones.
2 this pattern, or cloth woven in it.
3 any zigzag pattern, e.g. in building.
4 Skiing a method of ascending a slope with the skis pointing outwards.
1 tr. a work with a herring-bone stitch. b mark with a herring-bone pattern.
2 intr. Skiing ascend a slope using the herring-bone technique.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.