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Princeton's WordNet

  1. skullnoun

    the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates


  1. skullnoun

    The main bone of the head; the cranium.

  2. skullnoun

    A symbol for death; death's-head

  3. skullverb

    To hit in the head with a fist, a weapon, or a thrown object.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SKULLnoun

    1.The bone that incloses the head: it is made up of several pieces, which, being joined together, form a considerable cavity, which contain the brain as in a box, and it is proportionate to the bigness of the brain. Its figure is round, and a little depressed on its sides. The several pieces, of which the skull is composed, are joined together by sutures, which makes it less apt to break: these pieces or bones are six proper and two common, and each is made up of two tables, or laminæ, between which there is a thin and spongious substance, made of some bony fibres, which come from each lamina, called in Greek διπλοε, and in Latin meditullium. In it are a great many veins and arteries, which bring blood for the nourishment of the bones. The tables are hard and solid, because in them the fibres of the bones are close to one another. The diploe is soft, because the bony fibres are at a greater distance from one another. The external lamina is smooth, and covered with the pericranium: the internal is likewise smooth; but on it are several furrows, made by the pulse of the arteries of the dura mater, whilst the cranium was soft and yielding. John Quincy

    Etymology: skiola, Islandick; skatti, Islandick, a head.

    Some lay in dead mens skulls; and in those holes,
    Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept,
    As ’twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    With redoubled strokes he plies his head;
    But drives the batter’d skull within the brains. Dryden.

    Repair to the river where you have seen them swim in skulls or shoals. Izaak Walton.


  1. Skull

    The skull is a bone protective cavity for the brain. The skull is composed of four types of bone i.e., cranial bones, facial bones, ear ossicles and hyoid bone. However two parts are more prominent: the cranium and the mandible. In humans, these two parts are the neurocranium and the viscerocranium (facial skeleton) that includes the mandible as its largest bone. The skull forms the anterior-most portion of the skeleton and is a product of cephalisation—housing the brain, and several sensory structures such as the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. In humans these sensory structures are part of the facial skeleton. Functions of the skull include protection of the brain, fixing the distance between the eyes to allow stereoscopic vision, and fixing the position of the ears to enable sound localisation of the direction and distance of sounds. In some animals, such as horned ungulates (mammals with hooves), the skull also has a defensive function by providing the mount (on the frontal bone) for the horns. The English word skull is probably derived from Old Norse skulle, while the Latin word cranium comes from the Greek root κρανίον (kranion). The human skull fully develops two years after birth.The junctions of the skull bones are joined by structures called sutures. The skull is made up of a number of fused flat bones, and contains many foramina, fossae, processes, and several cavities or sinuses. In zoology there are openings in the skull called fenestrae.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skullnoun

    a school, company, or shoal

  2. Skullnoun

    the skeleton of the head of a vertebrate animal, including the brain case, or cranium, and the bones and cartilages of the face and mouth. See Illusts. of Carnivora, of Facial angles under Facial, and of Skeleton, in Appendix

  3. Skullnoun

    the head or brain; the seat of intelligence; mind

  4. Skullnoun

    a covering for the head; a skullcap

  5. Skullnoun

    a sort of oar. See Scull

  6. Etymology: [See School a multitude.]


  1. Skull

    This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. The skull is a bony structure in the head of many animals that supports the structures of the face and forms a cavity for the brain. The skull is composed of two parts: the cranium and the mandible. A skull without a mandible is only a cranium. Animals that have skulls are called craniates. The skull is a part of the skeleton. Functions of the skull include protection of the brain, fixing the distance between the eyes to allow stereoscopic vision, and fixing the position of the ears to help the brain use auditory cues to judge direction and distance of sounds. In some animals, the skull also has a defensive function; the frontal bone is where horns are mounted. The English word "skull" is probably derived from Old Norse "skalli" meaning bald, while the Latin word cranium comes from the Greek root κρανίον. The skull is made of flat bones.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skull

    skul, n. the bony case that encloses the brain: the head, the sconce, noddle: a crust formed on the ladle, &c., by the partial cooling of molten metal: in armour, the crown of the head-piece: (Scot.) a shallow, bow-handled basket.—n. Skull′cap, a cap which fits closely to the head: the sinciput.—adj. Skull′-less.—Skull and cross-bones, a symbolic emblem of death and decay. [Ice. skál, a shell; conn. with shell and scale, a thin plate.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Skull

    The SKELETON of the HEAD including the FACIAL BONES and the bones enclosing the BRAIN.

Rap Dictionary

  1. skullnoun

    The bone structure protecting your brain.

Editors Contribution

  1. skull

    A bone structure in the head.

    The skull is an important structure in the head.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SKULL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Skull is ranked #154907 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Skull surname appeared 105 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Skull.

    78.1% or 82 total occurrences were White.
    9.5% or 10 total occurrences were Black.
    5.7% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'skull' in Nouns Frequency: #2448

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skull in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skull in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of skull in a Sentence

  1. Tim Don:

    The doctor said,' It's going to give you the best chance to get back to an active lifestyle and, hopefully, racing professionally again.' they literally get four titanium screws and a torque wrench and tighten them into your skull with just a local anesthetic. Every time a screw comes loose, they screw it deeper into your skull. I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy.

  2. Michael Greshko:

    When that went viral, my initial read was that The Rock probably had a replica skull. That said, The Rock is as plausible a buyer for the Stan fossil as any. He’s got the wealth to be able to make that purchase, at least it seems to from the outside looking in, and there’s a little bit of a track record from Hollywood celebrities expressing interest in fossil auctions. It’s the sort of thing where I was skeptical he had it but there was a possibility.

  3. Katherine Raymond:

    In surgery that July, they managed to remove most of the tumor and the treatment took care of the remaining cells, unfortunately, they had to take segments of her jaw and skull and they damaged a nerve in her face that can never be repaired. She cant really feel anything on that side. It affects her speech, it affects her eating.Her right eye doesnt close. I have to shut it when shes asleep.

  4. Tim Richards:

    It's the closest thing we have to a real life dragon, it was essentially just a skull with a long neck, bolted on a pair of long wings. This thing would have been quite savage. It would have cast a great shadow over some quivering little dinosaur that wouldn't have heard it until it was too late.

  5. Valentin Concha-Nunez:

    At first, children a bit scared of the costumes and skull painting because they don't know what it means, but when I tell them to touch their craniums they realize that skulls are a part of them and then they embrace that aspect of it.

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