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Webster 1913 Edition


Skin

Skin

,
Noun.
[Icel.
skinn
; akin to Sw.
skinn
, Dan.
skind
, AS.
scinn
, G.
schined
to skin.]
1.
(Anat.)
The external membranous integument of an animal.
☞ In man, and the vertebrates generally, the skin consist of two layers, an outer nonsensitive and nonvascular epidermis, cuticle, or skarfskin, composed of cells which are constantly growing and multiplying in the deeper, and being thrown off in the superficial, layers; and an inner sensitive, and vascular dermis, cutis, corium, or true skin, composed mostly of connective tissue.
2.
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.
3.
A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids. See
Bottle
, 1.
Skins of wine.”
Tennyson.
4.
The bark or husk of a plant or fruit; the exterior coat of fruits and plants.
5.
(Naut.)
(a)
That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
Totten.
(b)
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.
Skin friction
,
Skin resistance
(Naut.)
,
the friction, or resistance, caused by the tendency of water to adhere to the immersed surface (skin) of a vessel.
Skin graft
(Surg.)
,
a small portion of skin used in the process of grafting. See
Graft
,
Verb.
T.
, 2.
Skin moth
(Zool.)
,
any insect which destroys the prepared skins of animals, especially the larva of Dermestes and Anthrenus.
Skin of the teeth
,
nothing, or next to nothing; the least possible hold or advantage.
Job xix. 20.
Skin wool
,
wool taken from dead sheep.

Skin

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Skinned
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Skinning
.]
1.
To strip off the skin or hide of; to flay; to peel;
as, to
skin
an animal
.
2.
To cover with skin, or as with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
It will but
skin
and film the ulcerous place.
Shakespeare
3.
To strip of money or property; to cheat.
[Slang]

Skin

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To become covered with skin;
as, a wound
skins
over
.
2.
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.
[College Cant, U.S.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Skin

SKIN

,
Noun.
1.
The natural covering of animal bodies, consisting of the cuticle or scarf-skin, the rete mucosum, and the cutis or hide. The cuticle is very thin and insensible; the cutis is thicker and very sensible.
2.
A hide; a pelt; the skin of an animal separated from the body, whether green, dry or tanned.
3.
The body; the person; in ludicrous language
4.
The bark or husk of a plant; the exterior coat of fruits and plants.

SKIN

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To strip off the skin or hide; to flay; to peel.
2.
To cover with skin.
3.
to cover superficially.

SKIN

,
Verb.
I.
To be covered with skin; as a wound skins over.

Definition 2021


skin

skin

English

Anatomy of the human skin
Moulted cicada skins

Noun

skin (countable and uncountable, plural skins)

  1. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
    He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.
  2. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
  3. (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
  4. (countable) A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
    In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you′ll have to remove the skin floating on top of it.
  5. (countable, computing) A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
    You can use this skin to change how the browser looks.
  6. (countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.
    Pass me a skin, mate.
  7. (countable, slang) Short for skinhead.
  8. (Australia) A subgroup of Australian aboriginal people; such divisions are cultural and not related to an individual′s physical skin. [1]
  9. (countable, video games) An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.
  10. (slang) Bare flesh, particularly bare breasts.
    Let me see a bit of skin.
  11. A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids.
    • Tennyson
      skins of wine
  12. (nautical) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  13. (nautical) 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.

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Verb

skin (third-person singular simple present skins, present participle skinning, simple past and past participle skinned)

  1. (transitive) To injure the skin of.
    He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
  2. (transitive) To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
  3. (colloquial) To high five.
  4. (transitive, computing, colloquial) To apply a skin to (a computer program).
    Can I skin the application to put the picture of my cat on it?
  5. (Britain, soccer, transitive) To use tricks to go past a defender.
    • 2011 January 30, Kevin Darlng, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Huddersfield”, in BBC:
      The Russian, sometimes out of sorts in recent weeks, was seeing plenty of the ball on the left-hand side up against Hunt, a 20-year-old right-back making his first Huddersfield start. Arshavin skinned the youngster at the first opportunity and crossed for Bendtner, who could not direct his close-range effort on target.
  6. (intransitive) To become covered with skin.
    A wound eventually skins over.
  7. (transitive) To cover with skin, or as if with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
    • Shakespeare
      It will but skin and film the ulcerous place.
  8. (US, slang, archaic) To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use cribs, memoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
  9. (slang, dated) To strip of money or property; to cheat.

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References

  1. 1994, Macquarie Aboriginal Words, Macquarie University, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, Introduction.

Danish

Noun

skin n (singular definite skinnet, not used in plural form)

  1. light, glare
  2. semblance

Verb

skin

  1. imperative of skinne

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

skin m, f (plural skins, diminutive skinnetje n)

  1. Skin (computing).
  2. Short for skinhead.

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Icelandic

Etymology

From skína (to shine).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /scɪːn/
  • Rhymes: -ɪːn
    Homophone: skyn

Noun

skin n (genitive singular skins, nominative plural skin)

  1. shine, shimmer, brightness

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Old Saxon

Etymology

From skīnan.

Noun

skīn n

  1. shine

Portuguese

Noun

skin f (plural skins)

  1. (computing) skin (image used as the background of a graphical user interface)

Swedish

Verb

skin

  1. imperative of skina.

Tok Pisin

Etymology

English skin

Noun

skin

  1. (anatomy) skin
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 2:21 (translation here):
      Orait God, Bikpela i mekim man i slip i dai tru. Na taim man i slip yet, God i kisim wanpela bun long banis bilong man na i pasim gen skin bilong dispela hap.

Derived terms

  • skin pas (envelope)
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Volapük

Noun

skin (plural skins)

  1. skin

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