from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of a garment, such as a dress or coat, that hangs freely from the waist down.
- n. A garment hanging from the waist and worn by women and girls.
- n. A part or attachment resembling the skirt of a garment, especially:
- n. One of the leather flaps hanging from the side of a saddle.
- n. The lower outer section of a rocket vehicle.
- n. A flexible strip hanging from the base of an air-cushion vehicle.
- n. A piece of fabric that extends over or beyond something to afford protection.
- n. An outer edge; a border or margin: a base camp on the skirt of the mountain.
- n. The edge, as of a town; the outskirts.
- n. Offensive Slang A woman.
- transitive v. To lie along or form the edge of; border: the creek that skirts our property.
- transitive v. To pass around rather than across or through: changed their course to skirt the storm.
- transitive v. To pass close to; miss narrowly: The bullet skirted an artery.
- transitive v. To evade, as by circumlocution: skirted the controversial issue.
- intransitive v. To lie along, move along, or be an edge or a border.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An article of clothing, usually worn by women and girls, that hangs from the waist and covers the lower part of the body.
- n. The part of a dress or robe that hangs below the waist.
- n. A woman.
- n. A part that serves as a border or edging.
- v. To be on or form the border of.
- v. To move around or along the border of; to avoid the center of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lower and loose part of a coat, dress, or other like garment; the part below the waist.
- n. A loose edging to any part of a dress.
- n. Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything.
- n. A petticoat.
- n. The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals.
- transitive v. To cover with a skirt; to surround.
- transitive v. To border; to form the border or edge of; to run along the edge of.
- transitive v. To be on the border; to live near the border, or extremity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The lower and hanging part of a coat or other garment; the part of a garment below the waist.
- n. A woman's petticoat; the part of a woman's dress that hangs from the waist; formerly, a woman's lap.
- n. A hanging part, loose from the rest: as, the skirt of a saddle. See cut under saddle.
- n. A narrow frill, corresponding to what would now be called a ruffle.
- n. Border; edge; margin; extreme part: as, the skirts of a town.
- n. In milling, the margin of a millstone.
- n. Milit., same as base, 2.
- n. The midriff or diaphragm: so called from its appearance, as seen in butchers' meat. Also skirting.
- To border; form the border or edge of; move along the edge of.
- To be or live on the border; also, to move along a border, shore, or edge.
- Specifically, in hunting, to go round hedges and gates instead of jumping over or breaking through: said of a man or dog.
- A dialectal form of squirt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist
- n. (Fungi) a remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the stem like a collar
- v. form the edge of
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
- v. extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
- n. informal terms for a (young) woman
- n. a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
- v. pass around or about; move along the border
Middle English, from Old Norse skyrta, shirt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse skyrta, from Proto-Germanic *skurtijōn. Compare shirt. (Wiktionary)