- The definition of a skein is yarn or thread that is lightly twisted into a coil, or a flock of wild birds flying.
- The coiled and twisted yarn that you buy to knit a scarf is an example of a skein.
- A flock of geese flying in v-formation is an example of a skein.
skein definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a quantity of thread or yarn wound in a coil
- something like this, as a coil of hair
- a flock of wild fowl
- a sequence of events, esp. a series of games won or lost by a team: a 20-game winning skein
Origin: Middle English skeyn ; from Middle French escaigne
skein definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A length of thread or yarn wound in a loose long coil.b. Something suggesting the coil of a skein; a complex tangle: a twisted skein of lies.
- A flock of geese or similar birds in flight. See Synonyms at flock1.
Origin: Middle English skeine, from Old French escaigne.