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

Fluid that would normally have settled in his lower body pooled in his head, giving him an uncomfortably full feeling in his skull. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "Astronaut Scott Kelly Trains His Sights on Earth," 2 Nov. 2018 From 2010 to 2016, in Central Washington, cases of anencephaly — in which babies are born missing part of the brain and skull — were detected at a rate far higher than the national average. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "FDA allows food makers to fortify corn masa to halt birth defects, but few do," 16 Oct. 2018 Think of it like jacking into the Matrix, but without all the metal bits inserted in your skull, maybe? Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Witness the Acer Predator Thronos: A hulking triple-monitor simstation for PC gamers," 29 Aug. 2018 Three weeks earlier, a routine scan revealed that her baby had anencephaly, a fatal defect in which part of the brain and skull isn't fully formed. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "'Irish abortions happen; they just don't happen on Irish soil'," 22 May 2018 Shane, who was diagnosed with anencephaly, a birth defect that causes part of the brain and skull to be missing, died shortly after he was born on October 9. Kelly Potts, Woman's Day, "'Bucket List' Baby's Parents Share Heartwarming Video," 11 Nov. 2014 But the interface is still awful: With every heartbeat, the brain, which has the consistency of pudding, moves in the skull. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Microcephaly, a neurological disorder in which the skull and brain of a fetus do not develop properly, can cause severe developmental issues. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Fewer babies were born in Brazil amid Zika outbreak, study says," 29 May 2018 Syphilis in its late stages, for instance, can cause small brain tumors that result in moth hole-like craters in the skull. Washington Post, "Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum," 23 May 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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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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