\ ˈskəl How to pronounce skull (audio) \

Definition of skull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : the seat of understanding or intelligence : mind


skulled; skulling; skulls

Definition of skull (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from skull


skulled \ ˈskəld How to pronounce skull (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for skull

Synonyms: Noun

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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: Noun But now the beast's skull sits at an altar in Kings Landing, surrounded by candlelight. Nick Romano,, 11 Aug. 2022 Starting in mid-July, scientists excavated parts of the mosasaur's skull, lower jawbones and several vertebrae from its spine near the fossil-rich North Sulphur River in North Texas. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 2 Aug. 2022 All 79 fossil elements (including a 38.5-by-26.5-by-17-inch skull) were estimated to fetch anywhere between $5 and $8 million. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 1 Aug. 2022 As CinemaCon footage confirmed back in April, the newest installment to the film is sure to include as much skull bashing and gun-fu as its previous chapters. Carson Burton, Variety, 22 July 2022 But more recently he’s been adopted by the alt-right Proud Boys, the skull image showing up at the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville as well. New York Times, 20 July 2022 The fetus had a fatal brain malformation called anencephaly, a condition where parts of the brain and skull are missing. Sony Salzman, ABC News, 19 July 2022 Maltby said McMillan told investigators that McCallum pushed Caraballo down the basement stairs, then beat him with at least one hammer, lodging it in Caraballo’s skull. Fox News, 11 July 2022 Demarious was airlifted to Children’s of Alabama, where doctors discovered multiple skull fracture and bleeding in the baby’s brain. Carol Robinson |, al, 6 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 See More

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First Known Use of skull


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skull


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

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14 Aug 2022

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“Skull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for skull


\ ˈskəl How to pronounce skull (audio) \

Kids Definition of skull

: the case of bone or cartilage that forms the skeleton of the head and face, encloses the brain, and supports the jaws


\ ˈskəl How to pronounce skull (audio) \

Medical Definition of skull

: 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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