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ˈkreɪ ni əm; -ni əcra·ni·um

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cranium, braincase, brainpan(noun)

    the part of the skull that encloses the brain


  1. cranium(Noun)

    The skull of a vertebrate.

    Etymology: From cranium, from κρανίον.

  2. cranium(Noun)

    That part of the skull enclosing the brain, the braincase.

    Etymology: From cranium, from κρανίον.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cranium(noun)

    the skull of an animal; especially, that part of the skull, either cartilaginous or bony, which immediately incloses the brain; the brain case or brainpan. See Skull

    Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. ; akin to ka`ra head.]


  1. Cranium

    Cranium is a party board game based on Ludo. Whit Alexander and Richard Tait created Cranium in 1998 after Richard spent a weekend playing games with another family and recognized the need for a game involving a variety of skills. He left his job at Microsoft, convincing friend and co-worker Whit Alexander to join him in the creation of Cranium. Cranium is manufactured by Hasbro subsidiary Cranium, Inc. Cranium is billed as "The Game for Your Whole Brain." Unlike many other party games, Cranium includes a wide variety of activities. Giorgio Davanzo had done packaging and branding for the game, and the art is done by Gary Baseman, creator of the animated series Teacher's Pet.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cranium

    krā′ni-um, n. the skull: the bones enclosing the brain.—adj. Crā′nial, pertaining to the cranium.—n. Craniog′nomy, cranial physiognomy.—adj. Craniolog′ical.—ns. Craniol′ogist, one skilled in craniology; Craniol′ogy, the study of skulls: phrenology; Craniom′eter, an instrument for measuring the skull; Craniom′etry, the measurement of skulls; Craninos′copist, a phrenologist; Cranios′copy, phrenology; Craniot′omy (obstetrics), the act of breaking down the head of the fœtus. [Low L. cranium—Gr. kranion, from karē, the head.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cranium

    The skull of a human being.

    The cranium of a human being is an important element of our head.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 13, 2020  
  2. cranium

    The skull of a vertebrate.

    The cranium is vital to function efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cranium in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cranium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of cranium in a Sentence

  1. Yohannes Haile-Selassie:

    I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted the rest of the cranium, it was a eureka moment and a dream come true. This is one of the most significant specimens we've found so far from the site.

  2. Yohannes Haile-Selassie:

    What we see in the new cranium is like a primitive face.

  3. Stephanie Melillo:

    A. anamensis was already a species that we knew quite a bit about, but this is the first cranium of the species ever discovered, it is good to finally be able to put a face to the name.

  4. Adam Huttenlocker:

    Based on the unlikely discovery of this near-complete fossil cranium, we now recognize a new, cosmopolitan group of early mammal relatives.

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