- 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.
The definition of a skein is yarn or thread that is lightly twisted into a coil, or a flock of wild birds flying.
- 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 of skeinMiddle English skeyn from Middle French escaigne
- 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.
Origin of skeinMiddle English skeine from Old French escaigne
- 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.
- (figuratively) A web, a weave, a tangle.
- (wagonmaking) A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.
- (zoology, provincial England) A group of wild fowl, (e.g. geese, goslings) when they are in flight.
- (sports) A winning streak.
From Middle English skeyne, Old French escaigne, French Ã©cagne, probably of Celtic origin