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skull

noun \ ˈskəl \
|Updated on: 18 Aug 2018

Definition of skull

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

play \ˈskəld\ adjective

Examples of skull in a Sentence

  1. He had a fractured skull.

  2. paleoanthropologists recently found the skull of a prehistoric man in a remote area of the desert

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Origin and Etymology of skull

Middle English skulle, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skulle skull

skull Synonyms

Synonyms

cranium;


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skull

verb

Definition of skull

skulled; skulling; skulls
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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First Known Use of skull

1945

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SKULL Defined for English Language Learners

skull

Definition of skull for English Language Learners

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


SKULL Defined for Kids

skull

noun \ ˈskəl \

Definition of skull for Students

: the case of bone or cartilage that forms the skeleton of the head and face, encloses the brain, and supports the jaws

Medical Dictionary

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

Illustration of skull

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