skin

noun, often attributive
\ ˈskin How to pronounce skin (audio) \

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 How to pronounce skin (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skin

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Court officials in Montgomery also have secured clear masks which are worn directly against the skin in place of regular masks. Washington Post, "As virus cases fall, Maryland tries to dig out of backlogged jury trials," 27 Apr. 2021 Theory generally predicts a large nucleus consists of a nearly equal mixture of proton and neutrons surrounded by a skin of pure neutrons. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Neutron stars may be bigger than expected, measurement of lead nucleus suggests," 27 Apr. 2021 Two shots to Brown’s right arm penetrated the skin. Ben Finley And Jonathan Drew, chicagotribune.com, "North Carolina police shooting: Andrew Brown Jr.’s autopsy shows 5 shots, including one in back of head, family attorneys say," 27 Apr. 2021 Two shots to Brown’s right arm penetrated the skin. BostonGlobe.com, "Andrew Brown Jr. was shot by deputies 5 times, including in the back of the head, according to autopsy," 27 Apr. 2021 After thousands of years of conflict and cohabitation with humans, the naturally occurring variola major virus infected its last human being in October 1975, when the telltale pustules appeared on the skin of a Bangladeshi toddler named Rahima Banu. New York Times, "How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life," 27 Apr. 2021 One thing to keep in mind is that occluding the skin with something like a pimple patch will make any products underneath the patch more potent. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "These Cult-Favorite CosRX Pimple Patches Just Got Even Better," 26 Apr. 2021 Rigby retrieved all of my fish to Steve and all of Steve’s fish to me and never broke the skin. Anchorage Daily News, "This ode to spring is interrupted by a dog with fish breath," 25 Apr. 2021 And there was something else, a barely perceptible suggestion of who Tim used to be, a softness in his cheeks and on the skin under his eyes. Vincent Granata, Rolling Stone, "How a Writer Salvaged Love for His Schizophrenic Brother Who Killed Their Mom," 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The paraben-free formula also contains glycerin to help skin retain moisture. Rebecca Deczynski, Health.com, "The 10 Best Face Mists for Instant Hydration, According to Experts," 27 Apr. 2021 It gently yet intensively conditions skin tissue to reduce cellular deposits, enhance blood and lymphatic flow and reactivate lipolysis. Monica Mendal, Forbes, "How Anna Zahn Of Ricari Studios Is Revolutionizing The Self-Care Industry," 21 Apr. 2021 Oh, and too much of a good thing also applies to skin care. Southern Living, "The Best Skin-Care Products for Your 30s," 9 Apr. 2021 To skin each beet, wrap it in a paper towel and give it a gentle squeeze. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Vegan cookbook from Wildseed chef in San Francisco gets creative. Here are 5 tips," 12 Apr. 2021 But like those activists outside of the courthouse, the goal here for Black Lives Matter was not true justice but conformity to an ideology that reduces us all to skin tone. Fox News, "Eli Steele: Justice for George Floyd from honking horns?," 5 Apr. 2021 The coverage has to be just so: enough to even skin tone and conceal redness, under-eye darkness, and hyperpigmentation, without being matte or obvious. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Fenty Beauty’s New Foundation Is Dewy Summer Skin In A Bottle," 24 Mar. 2021 Soy’s proteins, lipids and vitamins have super moisturizing powers to help even skin tone, improve texture and boost radiance. Noel Cody, Essence, "Top 5 Natural Ingredients You Need to Know About," 23 Mar. 2021 Other minerals in the clay — calcium, magnesium and iron — are also nourishing to skin. Bryony Gilbey, chicagotribune.com, "How to make a face mask for skin," 20 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Most of the sub-skin hardware comes from Fiat and English Ford parts bins. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1988 Prova Designs Countach Looks Like the Real Thing, But Isn't," 25 Nov. 2020 Then there are the shocking statistics around breast cancer, which affects one in every eight women and is the most common non-skin cancer affecting women. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "‘We can’t ever go to the doctor with our guard down’: Why Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer," 30 June 2020 My colleague Emily Schultz went a few months after me and had a funky, skin contact wine. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Wine Store in Barcelona Where Wine Nerds Just Want to Share the Love," 24 June 2019 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

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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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Time Traveler for skin

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The first known use of skin was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 Apr 2021

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“Skin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skin. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce skin (audio) \

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 How to pronounce skin (audio) \

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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