skin

noun, often attributive
\ ˈskin \

Definition of skin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : the integument of an animal (such as a fur-bearing mammal or a bird) separated from the body usually with its hair or feathers
(2) : a usually unmounted specimen of a vertebrate (as in a museum)
b : the hide or pelt of a game or domestic animal
c(1) : the pelt of an animal prepared for use as a trimming or in a garment — compare hide entry 2
(2) : a sheet of parchment or vellum made from a hide
2a : the external limiting tissue layer of an animal body especially : the 2-layered covering of a vertebrate body consisting of an outer epidermis and an inner dermis
b : an outer covering (such as a rind or husk) of a fruit or seed
c : a membranous film or scum (as on boiling milk or drying paint)
3 : the life or physical well-being of a person saved his own skin
4 : a sheathing or casing forming the outside surface of a structure (such as a ship or airplane)
by the skin of one's teeth
: by a very narrow margin
under one's skin
: so deeply penetrative as to irritate, stimulate, provoke thought, or otherwise excite
under the skin
: beneath apparent or surface differences : at heart

skin

verb
skinned; skinning

Definition of skin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to strip, scrape, or rub off an outer covering (such as the skin or rind) of
b : to strip or peel off
c : to cut, chip, or damage the surface of fell and skinned my knee
2a : to cover with or as if with skin
b : to heal over with skin
3a : to strip of money or property : fleece
b : to defeat badly
4 : to urge on and direct the course of (a draft animal)

intransitive verb

1 : to become covered with or as if with skin
2a : shinny
b : to pass or get by with scant room to spare

skin

adjective

Definition of skin (Entry 3 of 3)

: devoted to showing nudes skin magazines

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Other Words from skin

Noun

skinless \ ˈskin-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skin

Synonyms: Noun

exterior, face, outside, shell, surface, veneer

Synonyms: Verb

bark, flay, hull, husk, peel, shell, shuck

Antonyms: Noun

inside, interior

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Examples of skin in a Sentence

Noun

the rough skin of a shark Choose makeup that matches your skin tone. These snakes shed their skins once a year. Native Americans had many uses for animal skins. His boots are made of alligator skin. Potato skin is very nutritious.

Verb

The hunter skinned the rabbit and prepared it for cooking. I skinned my knee when I fell.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ingredients are formulated to relax and soothe sore muscles, joints, and pain, soften skin, and combat inflammation. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Heart-Shaped CBD Bath Bomb Is Exactly What You Need To Relax This Weekend," 1 Feb. 2019 Traits like skin and hair color are blended together, creating what looks like to be an entirely new person in the process. James Vincent, The Verge, "These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years," 17 Dec. 2018 But then came long these masks from Neutrogena, and my skin has never been the same. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Editors Tell You Their Favorite Things You Probably Missed in 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 Lovot even weighs roughly the same as a human toddler, around 6.6 pounds or three kilograms, and channels the heat created by its processing chip to its skin. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018 However, with the techniques and tools of precision powdering, your skin can be radiant and multidimensional while being shine-free. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You Should Always Apply Setting Powder With a Small Brush," 9 Nov. 2018 And in the beauty world, many of the hottest skin-care ingredients (snail mucus, bee venom) sound like they’ve been formulated in a steaming cauldron instead a lab. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 2018 The cup feels substantial, a solid chunk of matter firmly in contact with the skin of your hand. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Inside, the trailer features a black walnut skin that gives it a dark, cozy feel. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Glamorous vintage camper is your midcentury dream home on wheels," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lower-caste Hindus who carry out undesirable tasks such as skinning dead cattle have also faced mob violence. Fox News, "Indian mob lynches woman on rumors of child kidnapping," 23 July 2018 Lower-caste Hindus who carry out undesirable tasks such as skinning dead cattle have also faced mob violence. Aijaz Hussain, The Seattle Times, "Indian mob lynches woman on rumors of child kidnapping," 23 July 2018 Aisle after aisle of crabs stacked atop each other like totem poles, tables with fish sprawled across every inch, cutting boards where women with machetes skin poisonous blowfish and slice out the meat. Mitch Goldich, SI.com, "Squid Ink Ice Cream! Jeju Black Pig! One Gluttonous Day Exploring Local Cuisine Outside PyeongChang," 15 Feb. 2018 After touring with the national company of Wicked for a year, Vosk recently made her debut as the green-skinned, maligned-but-misunderstood Elphaba in the Broadway production. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "On Her Debut Album, Wicked Star Jessica Vosk is "Wild and Free"," 1 Aug. 2018 When are San Antonians going to stop being so thin-skinned? Jim Lefko, San Antonio Express-News, "Sports writers discuss: Did the Saints jump the gun on UTSA's Davenport?," 11 May 2018 First, skilled craftsmen custom-fabricated complex, movable aluminum armatures, which were then skinned with molded materials, typically foam, to assume their final appearance. Popular Mechanics, "The Original Stop-Motion Imperial Walkers Were a Triumph of Craftsmanship," 13 Mar. 2017 Lenovo can't skin the UI, either, so the UI on other smart displays should look identical to this one. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Smart Display review: The Google Assistant now has a face," 26 July 2018 The pebbly skinned Hass variety is the undisputed champion of supermarket avocados. Susan Russo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Avocado aficionado: Sam the Cooking Guy," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The main issue with temperature drops is skin dehydration or lack of water, says ZENii Skincare founder, GP, and cosmetic doctor Johanna Ward. refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Get Through The Season With Flake-Free Skin," 21 Mar. 2018 The all-in-one formula gently removes makeup, cleanses face, and leaves skin feeling soft—with no need to even rinse. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Our Favorite Back-to-School Drugstore Beauty Bargains," 11 July 2017 Using spatula and a pair of tongs, carefully turn each fillet so skin side is up. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Crispy-Skin Salmon with Napa Cabbage," 30 Oct. 2017 Sun Protection F.A.B.'s Skin Tint offers SPF 30, and Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint has none. Sable Yong, Allure, "First Aid Beauty's New Skin Tint Is VERY Similar to Glossier's But They Are NOT the Same," 18 July 2017 Skin imperfections are revealed to have names—papules, pustules, milia, cysts—and to respond to certain treatments. Jamie Lauren Keiles, The New Yorker, "Cleanse, Tone, Obsess: A Forum for Skin-Care Addicts," 6 June 2017 Skin injuries among people who have a toxic exposure to liquid chlorine include burning pain, redness and blisters. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Pool party poopers: CDC warns of parasitic infection, toxic gas," 19 May 2017 Appeared in the Feb. 21, 2017, print edition as 'Sometimes, a CEO’s Qualifications May Be Skin Deep.' Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Want to Be a CEO? It Helps to Look the Part," 17 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of skin

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skin

Noun

Middle English, from Old Norse skinn; akin to Old English scinn skin, Middle High German schint fruit peel

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skin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the natural outer layer of tissue that covers the body of a person or animal
: the skin of an animal that has been removed from the body often with its hair or feathers still attached and that is used to make things (such as clothes)
: the outer covering of a fruit, vegetable, etc.

skin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of skin (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the skin of (an animal, fruit, or vegetable)
: to scrape or rub off some of the skin from (a body part)

skin

noun
\ ˈskin \

Kids Definition of skin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the usually flexible outer layer of an animal body that in vertebrate animals is made up of two layers of cells forming an inner dermis and an outer epidermis
2 : the hide of an animal
3 : an outer or surface layer potato skins

Other Words from skin

skinless \ -​ləs \ adjective
skinned \ ˈskind \ adjective smooth-skinned

skin

verb
skinned; skinning

Kids Definition of skin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to strip, scrape, or rub off the skin of This was the first summer her knees had not been skinned a dozen times …— Betsy Byars, The Summer of the Swans
2 : to remove an outer layer from (as by peeling)

skin

noun
\ ˈskin \

Medical Definition of skin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the 2-layered covering of the body consisting of an outer ectodermal epidermis that is more or less cornified and penetrated by the openings of sweat and sebaceous glands and an inner mesodermal dermis that is composed largely of connective tissue and is richly supplied with blood vessels and nerves
skinned; skinning

Medical Definition of skin (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or scrape the skin of fell and skinned his knee

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