What does skin mean?

Definitions for skin
skɪnskin

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word skin.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. skin, tegument, cutisnoun

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

    "your skin is the largest organ of your body"

  2. skinnoun

    an outer surface (usually thin)

    "the skin of an airplane"

  3. hide, pelt, skinnoun

    body covering of a living animal

  4. skinnoun

    a person's skin regarded as their life

    "he tried to save his skin"

  5. peel, skinnoun

    the rind of a fruit or vegetable

  6. skinverb

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

  7. clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputterverb

    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

  8. skin, scrapeverb

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

    "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"

  9. bark, skinverb

    remove the bark of a tree

  10. skin, peel, pareverb

    strip the skin off

    "pare apples"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skinnoun

    the external membranous integument of an animal

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

  2. Skinnoun

    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

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

  3. Skinnoun

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

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

  4. Skinnoun

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

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

  5. Skinnoun

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

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

  6. Skinnoun

    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

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

  7. Skinverb

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

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

  8. Skinverb

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

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

  9. Skinverb

    to strip of money or property; to cheat

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

  10. Skinverb

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

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

  11. Skinverb

    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

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

Freebase

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. skin

    This term is frequently used for the inside planking of a vessel, the outside being the case.

Editors Contribution

  1. skin

    A type of tissue on the body of an animal or human being.

    Our skin is on our body and it is important.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of skin in a Sentence

  1. Peter Baker:

    He was a person who had been fierce in his criticism of Putin. He'd clearly gotten under Putin's skin on a number of occasions. A number of people had become his enemies, there's a culture of suspicion and conspiracy in Russia, so even if in fact this had nothing to do with authority, nothing to do with a power element, a good number of people in Russia and around the world will find this suspicious.

  2. Lois Greenfield:

    The pictures are in color. ... But for the most part, the colors are just the skin tones of the person, the backgrounds are either white, gray or black. And the clothing or fabrics are very, very neutral. I don't think it reads like color. I'm not looking at a colorful carnival.

  3. Hiroshi Harada:

    At that moment, we saw people burned black, having their skin melted or limbs blown apart. It is unlikely that survivors would be in a cheery, welcoming mood, but President Obama would be making a very delicate political decision to come to Hiroshima. I would want to accept his visit with hopes that it will lead to the next action (for the abolition of nuclear arms).

  4. John Koh:

    We can see that the industry is moving towards animal-free testing, so we really want to offer a solution to testing on the skin without using animal or human skin.

  5. Paula Simpson:

    If the skin cell walls are plump and healthy, the skin will look more hydrated and dewy as well.

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    the formation of vesicles in or beneath the skin
    • A. obnoxious
    • B. handsome
    • C. noninvasive
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