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skein

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noun \ˈskān\

Definition of skein

  1. 1 or less commonly skeanplay or skeane \ˈskān\ :  a loosely coiled length of yarn or thread wound on a reel

  2. 2 :  something suggesting the twists or coils of a skein :  tangle

  3. 3 :  a flock of wildfowl (as geese or ducks) in flight

Origin and Etymology of skein

Middle English skeyne, from Medieval French (Picard) escagne, probably from Vulgar Latin *scamnia, from *scamniare to wind yarn, from *scamnium rack for holding bobbins, from Latin scamnum bench, stool — more at shambles


First Known Use: 14th century


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skein

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Definition of skein

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to wind into skeins <skein yarn>

Circa 1775

First Known Use of skein

circa 1775


SKEIN Defined for English Language Learners

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skein

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noun \ˈskān\

Definition of skein for English Language Learners

  • : a long piece of yarn or thread that is loosely wound


SKEIN Defined for Kids

skein

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noun \ˈskān\

Definition of skein for Students

  1. :  a quantity of yarn or thread arranged in a loose coil



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