from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The membranous tissue forming the external covering or integument of an animal and consisting in vertebrates of the epidermis and dermis.
- n. An animal pelt, especially the comparatively pliable pelt of a small or young animal: a tent made of goat skins.
- n. A usually thin, closely adhering outer layer: the skin of a peach; a sausage skin; the skin of an aircraft.
- n. A container for liquids that is made of animal skin.
- n. Music A drumhead.
- n. Informal One's life or physical survival: They lied to save their skins.
- transitive v. To remove skin from: skinned and gutted the rabbit.
- transitive v. To bruise, cut, or injure the skin or surface of: She skinned her knee.
- transitive v. To remove (an outer covering); peel off: skin off the thin bark.
- transitive v. To cover with or as if with skin: skin the framework of a canoe.
- transitive v. Slang To fleece; swindle.
- intransitive v. To become covered with or as if with skin: In January the pond skins over with ice.
- intransitive v. To pass with little room to spare: We barely skinned by.
- adj. Slang Of, relating to, or depicting pornography: skin magazines.
- idiom by the skin of (one's) teeth By the smallest margin.
- idiom get under (someone's) skin To irritate or stimulate; provoke.
- idiom get under (someone's) skin To preoccupy someone; become an obsession.
- idiom under the skin Beneath the surface; fundamentally: enemies who are really brothers under the skin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
- n. The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
- n. The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
- n. A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
- n. A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
- n. Rolling paper for cigarettes.
- n. Short for skinhead.
- n. An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.
- n. Bare flesh, particularly bare breasts.
- v. To injure the skin of.
- v. To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
- v. To high five.
- v. To apply a skin to (a computer program).
- v. To use tricks to go past a defender.
- v. To become covered with skin.
- v. To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use cribs, memoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The external membranous integument of an animal.
- n. The hide of an animal, separated from the body, whether green, dry, or tanned; especially, that of a small animal, as a calf, sheep, or goat.
- n. A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids. See Bottle, 1.
- n. The bark or husk of a plant or fruit; the exterior coat of fruits and plants.
- n. That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
- n. The covering, as of planking or iron plates, outside the framing, forming the sides and bottom of a vessel; the shell; also, a lining inside the framing.
- transitive v. To strip off the skin or hide of; to flay; to peel.
- transitive v. To cover with skin, or as with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
- transitive v. To strip of money or property; to cheat.
- intransitive v. To become covered with skin.
- intransitive v. To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use in such exercise cribs, memeoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anat, and zoology, the continuous covering of an animal; the cutaneous investment of the body; the integument, cutis, or derm, especially when soft and flexible, a hard or rigid skin being called a shell, test, exoskeleton, etc.
- n. The integument of an animal stripped from the body, with or without its appendages; a hide, pelt, or fur, either raw and green, or variously cured, dressed, or tanned.
- n. In museums, the outer covering of an animal, preserved for examination or exhibition with the fur, feathers, etc., but not mounted or set up in imitation of life.
- n. A water-vessel made of the whole or nearly the whole skin of a goat or other beast; a wine-skin. See cut under bottle.
- n. That which resembles skin in nature or use; the outer coat or covering of anything; especially, the exterior coating or layer of any substance when firmer or tougher than the interior; a rind or peel: as, the skin of fruit or plants; the skin (putamen) of an egg.
- n. Nautical:
- n. That part of a furled sail which is on the outside and covers the whole.
- n. The planking or iron plating which covers the ribs of a vessel on the inside; also, the thin plating on the outer side of the ribs of an armor-plated iron ship.
- n. A mean, stingy person; a skinflint.
- n. A hot punch of whisky made in the glass; a whisky-skin.
- n. = Syn. 1, 2, and Skin, Hide, Pelt. Rind, Peel, Husk, Bull. Skin is the general word for the external covering or tissue of an animal, including man, and for coatings of fruits, especially such coatings as are thin, as of apples, Hide applies especially to the skin of large domestic animals, as horses and oxen. Pelt is an untanned skin of a beast with the hair on. Rind is used somewhat generally of the bark of trees, the natural covering of fruit, etc. Peel is the skin or rind of a fruit, which is easily removable by peeling off: as, orange-peel; the peel of a banana. Husk is an easily removable integument of certain plants, especially Indian corn. A hull is generally smaller than a husk, perhaps less completely covering the fruit: as, strawberry-hulls; raspberry-hulls.
- To provide with skin; cover as with a skin.
- To strip the skin from; flay; peel.
- To strip or peel off; remove by turning back and drawing off inside out.
- To strip of valuable properties or possessions; fleece; plunder; rob; cheat; swindle.
- To copy or pretend to learn by employment of irregular or forbidden expedients, as a college exercise: as, to skin an example in mathematics by copying the solution.
- To become covered with skin; grow a new skin; cicatrize: as, a wound skins over.
- To accomplish anything by irregular, underhand, or dishonest means; specifically, in college use, to employ forbidden or unfair methods or expedients in preparing for recitation or examination.
- To slip away; abscond; make off.
- To range wide, as a dog in the field.
- n. In electricity, the outer layers of a conductor, which serve in the conduction of currents of high frequency.
- To take off the top layer of, as of a race-track.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove the bark of a tree
- n. a person's skin regarded as their life
- n. an outer surface (usually thin)
- n. body covering of a living animal
- v. bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of
- n. a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
- v. climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
- n. a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal
- v. strip the skin off
- n. the rind of a fruit or vegetable
Middle English, from Old Norse skinn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English skinn, from Old Norse skinn ("animal hide"), from Proto-Germanic *skinþan (cf. Old English scinn ("hide"), Dutch schinde ("bark"), German dialect Schinde ("fruit peel")), from Proto-Celtic *skento- (cf. Breton skant ("scales"), Old Irish ceinn), from Proto-Indo-European *skend- (“to split off”) (cf. Irish scainim ("I tear, burst"), Latin scindere ("to split, divide"), Sanskrit (chinátti, "he splits")), nasal variant of *skeh₁i-d- (“to cut”). More at shed. (Wiktionary)