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skin

noun, often attributive \ ˈskin \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of skin

1 a (1) : the integument of an animal (such as a fur-bearing mammal or a bird) separated from the body usually with its hair or feathers
(2) : a usually unmounted specimen of a vertebrate (as in a museum)
b : the hide or pelt of a game or domestic animal
c (1) : the pelt of an animal prepared for use as a trimming or in a garment — compare 4hide
(2) : a sheet of parchment or vellum made from a hide
(3) : bottle 1b
2 a : the external limiting tissue layer of an animal body; especially : the 2-layered covering of a vertebrate body consisting of an outer epidermis and an inner dermis
b : an outer covering (such as a rind or husk) of a fruit or seed
c : a membranous film or scum (as on boiling milk or drying paint)
3 : the life or physical well-being of a person
  • saved his own skin
4 : a sheathing or casing forming the outside surface of a structure (such as a ship or airplane)

skinless

play \ˈskin-ləs\ adjective
by the skin of one's teeth
: by a very narrow margin
under one's skin
: so deeply penetrative as to irritate, stimulate, provoke thought, or otherwise excite
under the skin
: beneath apparent or surface differences : at heart

Examples of skin in a Sentence

  1. the rough skin of a shark

  2. Choose makeup that matches your skin tone.

  3. These snakes shed their skins once a year.

  4. Native Americans had many uses for animal skins.

  5. His boots are made of alligator skin.

  6. Potato skin is very nutritious.

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Origin and Etymology of skin

Middle English, from Old Norse skinn; akin to Old English scinn skin, Middle High German schint fruit peel

skin Synonyms

Other Fur and Leather Terms


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skin

verb

Definition of skin

skinned; skinning
transitive verb
1 a : to strip, scrape, or rub off an outer covering (such as the skin or rind) of
b : to strip or peel off
c : to cut, chip, or damage the surface of
  • fell and skinned my knee
2 a : to cover with or as if with skin
b : to heal over with skin
3 a : to strip of money or property : fleece
b : to defeat badly
4 : to urge on and direct the course of (a draft animal)
intransitive verb
1 : to become covered with or as if with skin
2 a : shinny
b : to pass or get by with scant room to spare

Examples of skin in a Sentence

  1. The hunter skinned the rabbit and prepared it for cooking.

  2. I skinned my knee when I fell.

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First Known Use of skin

15th century

skin Synonyms

Synonyms
bark, flay, hull, husk, shell, shuck, peel
Related Words
bare, denude, expose, scale, strip; pare

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skin

adjective

Definition of skin

: devoted to showing nudes
  • skin magazines

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First Known Use of skin

1933


SKIN Defined for English Language Learners

skin

noun

Definition of skin for English Language Learners

  • : the natural outer layer of tissue that covers the body of a person or animal

  • : the skin of an animal that has been removed from the body often with its hair or feathers still attached and that is used to make things (such as clothes)

  • : the outer covering of a fruit, vegetable, etc.


skin

verb

Definition of skin for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the skin of (an animal, fruit, or vegetable)

  • : to scrape or rub off some of the skin from (a body part)


SKIN Defined for Kids

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skin

noun \ ˈskin \

Definition of skin for Students

1 : the usually flexible outer layer of an animal body that in vertebrate animals is made up of two layers of cells forming an inner dermis and an outer epidermis
2 : the hide of an animal
3 : an outer or surface layer
  • potato skins

skinless

\-ləs\ adjective

skinned

\ˈskind\ adjective
  • smooth-skinned

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skin

verb

Definition of skin for Students

skinned; skinning
1 : to strip, scrape, or rub off the skin of
  • This was the first summer her knees had not been skinned a dozen times …
  • —Betsy Byars, The Summer of the Swans
2 : to remove an outer layer from (as by peeling)

Medical Dictionary

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skin

noun \ ˈskin \

medical Definition of skin

: the 2-layered covering of the body consisting of an outer ectodermal epidermis that is more or less cornified and penetrated by the openings of sweat and sebaceous glands and an inner mesodermal dermis that is composed largely of connective tissue and is richly supplied with blood vessels and nerves

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skin

transitive verb

medical Definition of skin

skinned; skinning
: to cut or scrape the skin of
  • fell and skinned his knee


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