\ 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

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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 An autopsy revealed the man had a skull fracture and brain injuries as a result of blunt trauma to the head, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 But an autopsy revealed the child had extensive injuries and bruises from head to toe, including a skull fracture caused by blunt force trauma that could not have been caused by a fall like the one Cain described. Zach Murdock,, 10 May 2021 Cleveland police said social workers never asked police to investigate the skull fracture. cleveland, 6 May 2021 The boy’s numerous injuries last week included a skull fracture, KFOX 14 of El Paso reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, 21 Apr. 2021 Kaske said the study was motivated by a teenage patient under 18 who was shot in the head and suffered a skull fracture with bone fragments protruding into the brain, forcing urgent neurosurgery. Susan Du, Star Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 The driver, a 23-year-old woman, was unable to stop and struck the pedestrian, who suffered several injuries, including a skull fracture and a pelvic fracture. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2021 The attorney claims along the way, Capel, who is the godson of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, was struck in the forehead with a flashlight, accounting for a skull fracture above his left eye. Matt Young, Chron, 7 Feb. 2021 The beating, which was captured on camera, left Rodriguez with a skull fracture and bleeding from the brain. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2021 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

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

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3 Jun 2021

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“Skull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skull

: the structure of bones that form the head and face of a person or animal


\ 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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