skull

noun
\ 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

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 How to pronounce skulled (audio) \ 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

Clay Chastain, of Indianapolis, is recovering from a fractured skull since the fall last week. NBC News, "Indiana man on honeymoon in Caribbean fell into dormant volcano," 25 July 2019 First, the brain is mostly freed from the skull; all the dangling arteries, save the carotids, are cauterized or sutured. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 This brings us back to another interesting tidbit from the narluga skull. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "The ‘narluga’ is a strange hybrid. But it’s far from alone.," 28 June 2019 The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck. nola.com, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls; researchers blame phone use," 22 June 2019 The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck. oregonlive, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls; phone use to blame, research suggests," 20 June 2019 The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck. BostonGlobe.com, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls — and phone use is to blame, research suggests," 20 June 2019 The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Why are horns growing on young people’s skulls? Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019 The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Denver Post, "Why are horns growing on young people’s skulls? Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019

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And, most incredibly, not after skulling a bunker shot on the par-5 14th, then hacking out to 30 feet. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "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, SI.com, "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, 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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The first known use of skull was in the 13th century

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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 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

skull

noun
\ 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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