What does SKIN mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. skin, tegument, cutis(noun)

    a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch

    "your skin is the largest organ of your body"

  2. skin(noun)

    an outer surface (usually thin)

    "the skin of an airplane"

  3. hide, pelt, skin(noun)

    body covering of a living animal

  4. skin(noun)

    a person's skin regarded as their life

    "he tried to save his skin"

  5. peel, skin(noun)

    the rind of a fruit or vegetable

  6. skin(verb)

    a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal

  7. clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputter(verb)

    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

  8. skin, scrape(verb)

    bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of

    "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"

  9. bark, skin(verb)

    remove the bark of a tree

  10. skin, peel, pare(verb)

    strip the skin off

    "pare apples"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skin(noun)

    the external membranous integument of an animal

  2. Skin(noun)

    the hide of an animal, separated from the body, whether green, dry, or tanned; especially, that of a small animal, as a calf, sheep, or goat

  3. Skin(noun)

    a vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids. See Bottle, 1

  4. Skin(noun)

    the bark or husk of a plant or fruit; the exterior coat of fruits and plants

  5. Skin(noun)

    that part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole

  6. Skin(noun)

    the covering, as of planking or iron plates, outside the framing, forming the sides and bottom of a vessel; the shell; also, a lining inside the framing

  7. Skin(verb)

    to strip off the skin or hide of; to flay; to peel; as, to skin an animal

  8. Skin(verb)

    to cover with skin, or as with skin; hence, to cover superficially

  9. Skin(verb)

    to strip of money or property; to cheat

  10. Skin(verb)

    to become covered with skin; as, a wound skins over

  11. Skin(verb)

    to produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use in such exercise cribs, memeoranda, etc., which are prohibited

  12. Origin: [Icel. skinn; akin to Sw. skinn, Dan. skind, AS. scinn, G. schined to skin.]


  1. Skin

    Skin is the soft outer covering of vertebrates. Other animal coverings such as the arthropod exoskeleton have different developmental origin, structure and chemical composition. The adjective cutaneous means "of the skin". In mammals, the skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system made up of multiple layers of ectodermal tissue, and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Skin of a different nature exists in amphibians, reptiles, and birds. All mammals have some hair on their skin, even marine mammals which appear to be hairless. The skin interfaces with the environment and is the first line of defense from external factors. For example, the skin plays a key role in protecting the body against pathogens and excessive water loss. Its other functions are insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, and the production of vitamin D folates. Severely damaged skin may heal by forming scar tissue. This is sometimes discoloured and depigmented. The thickness of skin also varies from location to location on an organism. In humans for example, the skin located under the eyes and around the eyelids is the thinnest skin in the body at 0.5 mm thick, and is one of the first areas to show signs of aging such as "crows feet" and wrinkles. The skin on the palms and the soles of the feet is 4 mm thick and the thickest skin in the body.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skin

    skin, n. the natural outer covering of an animal body: a hide: the bark or rind of plants, &c.: the inside covering of the ribs of a ship: a drink of whisky hot.—v.t. to cover with skin: to cover the surface of: to strip the skin from, to peel: to plunder, cheat: to answer an examination paper, &c., by unfair means.—v.i. to become covered with skin: to sneak off:—pr.p. skin′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. skinned.—adj. Skin′-deep, as deep as the skin only: superficial.—ns. Skin′flint, one who takes the smallest gains: a very niggardly person; Skin′ful, as much as one can hold, esp. of liquor.—adj. Skin′less, having no skin, or a very thin one.—ns. Skin′ner; Skin′niness.—adjs. Skin′ny, consisting of skin or of skin only: wanting flesh; Skin′-tight, fitting close to the skin.—n. Skin′-wool, wool pulled from the skin of a dead sheep.—By, or With, the skin of one's teeth, very narrowly; Clean skins, unbranded cattle; Save one's skin, to escape without injury. [A.S. scinn; Ice. skinn, skin, Ger. schinden, to flay.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Skin

    The outer covering of the body that protects it from the environment. It is composed of the DERMIS and the EPIDERMIS.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SKIN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1511

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SKIN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1980

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SKIN' in Nouns Frequency: #622


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SKIN in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SKIN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emma Matzo:

    The Skin of Our Teeth.

  2. Paul Street:

    Because of his skin color.

  3. Donald Langevoort:

    a little skin in the game.

  4. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    Law has no skin, reason has no nostrils.

  5. Bella Hadid:

    I love it, love the skin you’re in, baby !

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