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skull

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noun \ˈskəl\

Simple Definition of skull

  • : the structure of bones that form the head and face of a person or animal

Full Definition of skull

  1. 1 :  the skeleton of the head of a vertebrate forming a bony or cartilaginous case that encloses and protects the brain and chief sense organs and supports the jaws

  2. 2 :  the seat of understanding or intelligence :  mind

skulled play \ˈskəld\ adjective

Examples of skull

  1. He had a fractured skull.

  2. <paleoanthropologists recently found the skull of a prehistoric man in a remote area of the desert>



Origin of skull

Middle English skulle, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skulle skull


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with skull


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skull

transitive verb

Definition of skull

  1. 1 :  to hit on the head

  2. 2 :  to unintentionally hit (a golf ball or shot) with the bottom edge of the clubface



1945

First Known Use of skull

1945


Medical Dictionary

skull

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noun \ˈskəl\

Medical Definition of skull

  1. :  the skeleton of the head forming a bony case that encloses and protects the brain and chief sense organs and supports the jaws



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