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plural skulls
: 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
: the seat of understanding or intelligence : mind see also out of one's skull
skulled adjective
… the craniate (skulled) vertebrates … Eugene Solomon Talbot
  • usually used in combination


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skulled; skulling; skulls

transitive verb

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

Examples of skull in a Sentence

Noun He had a fractured skull. paleoanthropologists recently found the skull of a prehistoric man in a remote area of the desert
Recent Examples on the Web
Known for its longer, flatter, skull and large molars, the Louisiana subspecies is genetically distinct from other black bear populations in North America. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, 11 Apr. 2024 Since then, the Astronomia collection has retained its roots through numerous iterations with themes including skulls, casino games, The Godfather, and many others. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2024 As a newborn at the hospital, DCFS whisked him away from his parents because the agency accused Juarez, his mother, of abusing an infant half-sister and causing skull fractures. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 The surgery consisted of her surgeon reopening her original scar to clean it in order to prevent any infections and to replace the bone that was initially cut out of her skull. Sara Vallone, Miami Herald, 27 Mar. 2024 However, an autopsy showed the infant had several fractures on the front and side of skull with no visible bruising where the fractures occurred, reports show. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 24 Mar. 2024 In early 2023, Calvin So, lead author of the new paper and a doctoral student at George Washington University, began to study the skull for a doctoral paper. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 Much like the Alexander McQueen skull scarf and Sienna Miller’s boho disc belts, the skinny jean has, over recent years, been used as a pawn in the ongoing culture wars between Gen-Z and Millennials. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 20 Mar. 2024 By directly integrating itself beneath the skull, the chip can collect data on thousands of neural connections. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024
Another decade passed and, in 2019, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office received a grant to begin DNA analysis on more than 100 sets of unidentified remains, the Mount Hood skull among them. oregonlive, 22 Oct. 2020 And, most incredibly, not after skulling a bunker shot on the par-5 14th, then hacking out to 30 feet. Daniel Rapaport,, 13 June 2019 The ball was sitting on such tight grass that he easily could have chunked or skulled it. Daniel Rapaport,, 17 June 2019 This leaves one big question: Why were people drilling into one another’s skulls 5,000 years ago in the first place? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 25 Apr. 2018 Someone took out a golf driver and skulled the top off of a full can of Bud Light and drank what was left. Byron McCauley,, 26 Feb. 2018

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Word History



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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skull was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Skull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the case of bone or cartilage that forms the skeleton of the head and face, encloses the brain, and supports the jaws of vertebrates
: the location of understanding or intelligence : mind

Medical Definition


: 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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