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Princeton's WordNet

  1. skeinnoun

    coils of worsted yarn

Wiktionary

  1. skeinnoun

    A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel. A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel.

  2. skeinnoun

    A web, a weave, a tangle.

  3. skeinnoun

    A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.

  4. skeinnoun

    A group of wild fowl, (e.g. geese, goslings) when they are in flight.

  5. skeinnoun

    A winning streak.

  6. Etymology: skeyne, escaigne, écagne, probably of Celtic origin

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Skeinnoun

    A knot of thread or silk wound and doubled.

    Etymology: escaigne, French.

    Why art thou then exasperate, thou idle immaterial skein of sley’d silk, thou tassel of a prodigal’s purse? William Shakespeare.

    Our stile should be like a skein of silk, to be found by the right thread, not ravell’d or perplexed. Then all is a knot, a heap. Ben Jonson.

    Besides, so lazy a brain as mine is, grows soon weary when it has so entangled a skein as this to unwind. Digby.

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  1. skein

    A skein is a length of thread, yarn, or other similar material, loosely coiled and knotted, often used in knitting or weaving. It can also refer to anything that is long and tangled, such as a complicated situation or storyline.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skeinnoun

    a quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel, -- usually tied in a sort of knot

  2. Skeinnoun

    a metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle

  3. Skeinnoun

    a flight of wild fowl (wild geese or the like)

  4. Etymology: [OE. skeyne, OF. escaigne, F. cagne, probably of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. sgainne, Gael. sgeinnidh thread, small twine; or perhaps the English word is immediately from Celtic.]

Wikidata

  1. Skein

    Skein is a fictional character, a mutant supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skein

    skān, n. a knot or number of knots of thread or yarn. [O. Fr. escagne, from Celt.; cf. Ir. sgainne, a skein.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skein in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skein in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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