\ ˈskəl How to pronounce skull (audio) \

Definition of skull

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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 In September, researchers discovered that the Tyrannosaurus rex, the most fearsome predator to ever walk the Earth, had a stiff skull that allowed it to not shatter its own bones with its bite force, while simultaneously devouring its kill. Fox News, "70M year-old dinosaur replaced its teeth as fast as sharks," 3 Dec. 2019 Joined by Benardrick McKinney, Peter Kalambayi and Tyrell Adams in costume, Cunningham wore a skull mask. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Latest look for Texans linebackers: SWAT team," 1 Dec. 2019 All 365 of those bones were brought back to land Thursday, including 18-foot-long mandibles and a skull weighing 6,500 pounds, according to a statement from the university., "Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on earth, even bigger than the largest dinosaurs, Mate said.," 24 Nov. 2019 These influence cards can have crown, raven, sword, or skull symbols, or some combination of those. Keith Law, Ars Technica, "Turn your tabletop into a real Game of Thrones with Oathbreaker game," 23 Nov. 2019 Victoria’s unusually complete skull is well preserved and includes several fragile palate bones that are rarely found intact. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Victoria the T. rex is on display at the Arizona Science Center. Here's why kids will love it," 21 Nov. 2019 The other infant was aged between six and nine months old, and was wearing skull fragments of a child aged between two and 12 years old. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Babies were buried with helmets made from children's skulls in ancient Ecuador," 21 Nov. 2019 In addition to skull trauma, multiple lacerations, bruises and scabbed over wounds from prior injuries were found, according to the coroner's report that Thomas read. Chris Mayhew,, "Woman accused of killing 1-year-old son indicted Thursday on a murder charge," 14 Nov. 2019 But without any skulls or skeletons, scientists didn’t know whether the animal, which lived from roughly 2 million to 200,000 years ago, was a relative of today’s orangutans, today’s African apes, or something else entirely. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "‘Dragon teeth’ reveal ancient ape’s place in ancient primate family tree," 13 Nov. 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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“Skull.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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