- Skin is the outer layer of something.
An example of a skin is the peel of an onion.
- Skin is defined as to remove the outer surface of something.
An example of to skin is to remove the fur of an animal.
An onion has had it's skin pulled away.
- the outer covering or integument of the animal body
- such a covering, esp. that of a small animal, when removed from the body and prepared for use; pelt
- something like skin in appearance or function; any outer layer, as fruit rind, the shell or plating of a ship, a film or scum, the outermost nacreous layer in a pearl, etc.
- a container made of animal skin, used for holding liquids
- ☆ Slang a set of drums, esp. in a jazz band
- ☆ Slang a dollar
Origin of skinMiddle English skinn ; from Old Norse akin to German schinden, to flay, peel ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)ken(d)-, to split off (; from base an unverified form sek-, to cut: see saw) from source Old Irish ceinn, a scale, scurf
transitive verbskinned, skinning
- to cover with or as with skin; grow skin on
- to remove skin from
- to strip or peel off, as or like skin
- to injure by scraping or abrading (one's knee, elbow, etc.)
- to defraud or cheat; swindle
- ☆ to criticize or scold severely
- ☆ Informal to drive or urge on (a mule, ox, etc.)
- to become covered with skin
- Informal to climb (up or down)
- to move (through), pass (by), succeed, etc. by a very narrow margin
be no skin off one's noseor be no skin off one's back☆
by the skin of one's teeth
get under someone's skin☆
have a thick skinor have a thin skin
save one's skin
- ☆ to scold or punish severely
- to defeat decisively
- The membranous tissue forming the external covering or integument of an animal and consisting in vertebrates of the epidermis and dermis.
- An animal pelt, especially the comparatively pliable pelt of a small or young animal: a tent made of goat skins.
- a. A usually thin, closely adhering outer layer: the skin of a peach; a sausage skin; the skin of an aircraft.b. A thin, close-fitting, usually elastic garment, especially a shirt, worn by scuba divers and others who engage in water sports for protection against scrapes and other superficial injuries.
- A container for liquids that is made of animal skin.
- Music A drumhead.
- One of a pair of strips of fabric or other material temporarily applied to the undersides of a pair of skis to provide traction while ascending slopes.
- Computers A design layout for the interface of a program such as a media player or instant messaging application that a user can select and often customize in order to alter the default appearance.
- Informal One's life or physical survival: They lied to save their skins.
verbskinned skinned, skin·ning, skins
- To remove skin from: skinned and gutted the rabbit.
- To bruise, cut, or injure the skin or surface of: She skinned her knee.
- To remove (an outer covering); peel off: skin off the thin bark.
- To cover with a skin or a similar layer: skin the framework of a canoe.
- Slang To fleece; swindle.
- To become covered with skin or a similar layer: In January the pond skins over with ice.
- To pass with little room to spare: We barely skinned by.
Origin of skinMiddle English, from Old Norse skinn; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
cross section of human skin
C. sebaceous gland
D. hair shaft
G. subcutaneous tissue
J. sweat gland
K. hair follicle
L. Pacinian corpuscle
(countable and uncountable, plural skins)
- (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
- He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.
- (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
- (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
- (countable) A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
- In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you′ll have to remove the skin floating on top of it.
- (countable, computing) A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
- You can use this skin to change how the browser looks.
- (countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.
- Pass me a skin, mate.
- (countable, slang) Short for skinhead.
- (Australia) A subgroup of Australian aboriginal people; such divisions are cultural and not related to an individual′s physical skin.
- (countable, video games) An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.
- (slang) Bare flesh, particularly bare breasts.
- Let me see a bit of skin.
- A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids.
- (nautical) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
- (nautical) 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.
(third-person singular simple present skins, present participle skinning, simple past and past participle skinned)
- To injure the skin of.
- He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
- To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
- (colloquial) To high five.
- (computing, colloquial) To apply a skin to (a computer program).
- Can I skin the application to put the picture of my cat on it?
- (UK, soccer) To use tricks to go past a defender.
- (intransitive) To become covered with skin.
- A wound eventually skins over.
- To cover with skin, or as if with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
- (US, slang, archaic) To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use cribs, memoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
- (slang, dated) To strip of money or property; to cheat.
- inks, sink
From Middle English skinn, from Old Norse skinn (“animal hide”), from Proto-Germanic *skinþą (compare Old English scinn (“hide”), Dutch schinde (“bark”), dialectal German Schinde (“fruit peel”)), from Proto-Celtic *skento- (compare Breton skant (“scales”), Old Irish ceinn), from Proto-Indo-European *skend- (“to split off”) (compare Irish scainim (“I tear, burst”), Latin scindere (“to split, divide”), Sanskrit [script?] (chinátti, “he splits”)[Devanagari?]), nasal variant of *skeh₁i-d- (“to cut”). More at shed.
skin - Computer Definition
(1) Regarding alternating current, see skin effect.
(2) A custom look and feel for a graphical interface (GUI). Operating systems and applications may have a built-in selection of skins or accept new ones from third parties. Also called "themes," skins include the background scenes, menu and button styles, colors, fonts, window borders and sometimes different arrangements and locations of the elements. See theme aware.
(3) A covering for hardware. There are numerous vinyl coverings that stick onto cellphones, iPods, the backs of laptops and the sides of tower cases. They depict myriad subjects such as sports, high-tech and fantasy.