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

State inspectors said one patient sustained a skull fracture because the hospital failed to implement safety measures. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Psychiatric Hospitals With Safety Violations Still Get Accreditation," 26 Dec. 2018 While Shannon sustained unspecified injuries to his legs, Barna fractured her skull and broke her back, police stated. Stephen Tucker Paulsen, Houston Chronicle, "Pair arrested in elderly woman's slaying," 26 June 2018 Both victims were hospitalized with serious injuries, and the collision fractured Green's skull, police said. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "They drove over a father and son at Harris Teeter. Now one faces charges, cops say," 8 June 2018 The impact fractured his skull, leaving him fighting for his life in intensive care in a Budapest hospital. CNN, "Motorsport great Felipe Massa to race in Formula E," 15 May 2018 His usual smash-and-grab rescue involves a ball-peen hammer (easy to pocket, inexpensive, untraceable), a stranger’s fractured skull and a traumatized child carried away on his meaty shoulder. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix stunning in ‘Never Really Here’," 19 Apr. 2018 The child was thrown from the car and onto the highway, fatally fracturing his skull, say prosecutors. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "N.J. Dad Crashed His Car While Fleeing Police — and Left His 2-Year-Old Son to Die in Wreck," 2 Apr. 2018 The toddler was ejected from the car during the crash and fractured his skull, the statement adds. Cydney Henderson, azcentral, "New Jersey father convicted of leaving son to die after crashing getaway car," 31 Mar. 2018 He was sentenced to confinement for abusing his first wife and fracturing his stepson’s skull in 2012. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Exclusive: Guilt and grief overwhelm the mother-in-law of the Sutherland Springs gunman," 6 Feb. 2018

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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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