\ 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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Other Words from skull


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 Decoite recalled that the wound on Williams’ forehead was so deep that her skull was visible. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Trader Joe’s suspect in 2018 shootout will stand trial for murder of store manager," 3 Sep. 2019 In fact, skulls are hard to find at all in the fossil record before 3.5 million years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early hominin skull fills in “a major gap” in the fossil record," 29 Aug. 2019 But identifying the skull was only part of the mystery. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "'Unprecedented' skull reveals face of human ancestor," 28 Aug. 2019 February 2019) Human skulls are enduring motifs in art history, and Jasper Johns has a longstanding acquaintance with them. The New York Review of Books, "Deborah Solomon," 21 Feb. 2019 The medical examiner determined that Kenneth Lindquist, 56, died of homicidal violence, including skull fractures and other head injuries. David Owens,, "Griswold triple homicide: Neighbor describes finding friend’s home engulfed in flames," 16 Sep. 2019 One of their first interactions with him came in 2014, when an infant sibling of Ursula Cuatro suffered a skull fracture while in her care at the family’s home. Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, "Boy’s death seemed like a failure of L.A.'s child-welfare system. It wasn’t so simple," 16 Sep. 2019 However, investigators say an autopsy showed the infant suffered at least four separate skull fractures. Carol Robinson |, al, "Charge dismissed against father in infant son’s 2013 blunt force trauma death," 16 Sep. 2019 Those linear forces, federal officials say, are more likely to cause severe brain trauma or skull fractures or death. oregonlive, "WaveCel bursts onto the bike scene, expands into Wilsonville facility," 16 Sep. 2019 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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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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