skull

noun
\ 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

skull

verb
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

Noun

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

Synonyms for skull

Synonyms: Noun

cranium

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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

The remains were found last Thursday in a neighborhood in northeast Harris County, where a dog found a human skull. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Skeletal remains found by dog identified as missing Houston man," 19 June 2019 One was about 30 percent complete, including a miniature skull. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A storm exposed children’s bones on a Canadian beach, reviving a 170-year-old mystery," 13 June 2019 Risto got to see what a skull looked like several days after the machete split it. Mark Athitakis, Washington Post, "A meditation on race, class — and murder — set in one of Europe’s most storied cities," 13 June 2019 But days later, Kardashian removed some designs from Halfway Dead’s website after the brand was accused of copying a skull graphic from another brand, Rx Skulls, according to a TMZ report. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Rob Kardashian Pulls Some Merch from New Clothing Line After Being Accused of Copying Designs," 11 June 2019 An off-road motorcyclist stumbled upon parts of a skull in the desert off Interstate 15 in Victorville. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "McStay murder trial: Man is convicted of killing family and burying their bodies in the Mojave Desert," 10 June 2019 While his image is perhaps a bit less colorful these days, John still often performs with what appears to be a human skull perched on top of his piano. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dr. John, dead at 77: Revisit our 2017 & 1989 interviews with Rock Hall of Famer," 7 June 2019 After offering up an autograph, newfound witches and warlocks could pay their respects at a Satanic alter decorated with bones of all shapes and sizes, ghastly candles, and of course, skulls. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Spellman House Was a Spooky Adventure Fit for Instagram," 26 Oct. 2018 It was crafted by a forensic artist using characteristics of the skull. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "3D model of head released in hopes of identifying remains found in Georgia woods," 19 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The ball was sitting on such tight grass that he easily could have chunked or skulled it. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "2019 U.S. Open Parting Thoughts: Woodland's Gutsy Win, Tiger's Showing and More," 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, "Did a Prehistoric Brain Surgeon Practice on This Cow?," 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, Cincinnati.com, "Byron McCauley: During the Flood of 2018, awe and a party in Bellevue," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of skull

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skull

Noun

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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skull

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skull

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

skull

noun
\ 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

skull

noun
\ 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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