Definitions for: Skin


[n] body covering of a living animal
[n] an outer surface (usually thin); "the skin of an airplane"
[n] a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the skin of an animal
[n] a natural protective covering of the body; site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
[n] the rind of a fruit or vegetable
[n] a person's skin regarded as their life; "he tried to save his skin"
[n] the tissue forming the hard outer layer (of e.g. a fruit)
[v] strike against an object, as of one's toe or foot
[v] strip the skin off ("pare apples")
[v] remove the bark of a tree
[v] bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of; "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"
[v] climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling



Webster (1913) Definition: Skin, n. [Icel. skinn; akin to Sw. skinn, Dan. skind, AS.
scinn, G. schined to skin.]
1. (Anat.) The external membranous integument of an animal.

Note: 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, v. t., 2.

Skin moth (Zo["o]l.), 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, v. 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.
--Shak.

3. To strip of money or property; to cheat. [Slang]


Skin, v. 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.]

Synonyms: abrade, bark, clamber, cutis, hide, pare, peel, peel, peel, pelt, rind, scramble, scrape, scrape, shin, shinny, sputter, struggle, stub, tegument

See Also: agnail, aircraft, aliveness, animation, bag, banana peel, banana skin, blackhead, body covering, body covering, buff, climb, comedo, connective tissue, corium, crease, crinkle, cuticle, derma, dermis, dewlap, edible fruit, epidermis, flay, foreskin, freckle, free nerve ending, furrow, hangnail, injure, injure, integumentary system, investment, jacket, lemon peel, lemon rind, lentigo, life, line, liver spot, living, macula, macule, melanin, milium, orange peel, orange rind, Pacinian corpuscle, peel off, plant tissue, pore, prepuce, rind, scab, scalp, seam, skin cell, skin graft, strip, sudoriferous gland, surface, sweat gland, thick skin, water skin, waterskin, whitehead, wineskin, wound, wound, wrinkle

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