skull

noun
\ ˈskəl \

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 \ 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 paraphernalia of skulls and guts and ravens are merely a uniform that declares intent. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Otter Tooth After losing her way in the woods while searching for a mule during a storm, Claire discovers a skull next to a glistening gemstone. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Many Time Travelers Do We Know About in Outlander So Far?," 19 Nov. 2018 An asteroid, called 2015 TB145, looks from some angles like a human skull, with deep, dark eye sockets. Temi Adebowale, Popular Mechanics, "This Skull-Shaped Space Rock is Going To Fly By Earth Right After Halloween," 28 Sep. 2018 Perhaps filming an opening credit with a skull doesn't help, just saying. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 1 Recap: All About Colton," 7 Aug. 2018 Pachycephalosaurus had a thick, bony skull with all kinds of jagged protrusions, the better to fight its rivals with. Emma Stefansky, GQ, "The Definitive Jurassic Park Dinosaur Power Rankings," 21 June 2018 The next thing Enwere knew, the man from the back seat was smashing his skull with a rock the size of a volleyball. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel agents and popular sites didn’t share the risks with those booking travel to Mexico resorts," 11 Apr. 2018 The modeling software enabled them to simulate different theories and situations, like the force of chewing and biting down on different teeth or the structural integrity of the skull with the ridge and without the ridge. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This could be why our eyebrows evolved," 9 Apr. 2018 For a bit of fun that maintained the gold, black and white color scheme, the designers also added a black dog statue by Beverly & Co. and a gold skull with flowers by Bungalow 6. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Trump Vs. Clinton: How To Plan A Dinner Party Around The Presidential Elections," 26 Sep. 2016

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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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More Definitions for skull

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 \

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 \

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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