\ 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


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

Synonyms for skull

Synonyms: Noun

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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 According to Rohr’s medical records, the projectile fractured her skull, caused bleeding beneath the outer lining of her brain and ripped a deep gash across her scalp that took nine stitches to close. USA Today, "Fractured skulls, lost eyes: Police break their own rules when shooting protesters with 'rubber bullets'," 19 June 2020 Josh wants his red skull but doesn't want to be the house vote. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: Where's Dee?," 18 June 2020 About a month into their development, the fry undergo a metamorphosis: Their skull shape begins to change, and one eye begins to migrate over the fish’s head to join the other. National Geographic, "Flatfishes," 11 June 2020 The final shot entered the apex of Brown’s skull, killing him. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'Hands up! Don’t shoot!' slogan used in George Floyd protests stems from myth debunked by Obama Justice Department," 10 June 2020 In Buffalo, 57 police officers quit their unit after two of their colleagues were suspended for pushing an unarmed 75-year-old man to the ground, cracking his skull. Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, USA TODAY, "Florida chapter of Fraternal Order of Police tells disciplined, jailed cops 'we are hiring'," 8 June 2020 One officer ended up striking a woman in the face with a rubber bullet, cracking her skull and leaving her bloodied and bruised about the face, the Herald reported. Author: Meagan Flynn, Hannah Knowles, Anchorage Daily News, "Two Buffalo officers suspended after shoving 75-year-old protester onto concrete, where he lay bleeding," 5 June 2020 Dominic Gonzales, who’s 17 and a graduate of Miami Junior-Senior High School, wears a green cap and gown and a mask that looks like a skull., "'Let it not be Miami': Pulling together as a pandemic rages beyond a small Arizona town," 5 June 2020 Those two cases involved a fractured skull and a broken knee, and both officers have been released and are recovering at home, Moore said. NBC News, "Protesters take a knee outside Trump Hotel in New York City," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And, most incredibly, not after skulling a bunker shot on the par-5 14th, then hacking out to 30 feet. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tiger Woods Manages One-Under 70 Despite Up-and-Down Opening Round at U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 The ball was sitting on such tight grass that he easily could have chunked or skulled it. Daniel Rapaport,, "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,, "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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skull


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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26 Jun 2020

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“Skull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce skull (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of skull

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


\ 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


\ 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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