- 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.
skin definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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
skin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 usually thin, closely adhering outer layer: the skin of a peach; a sausage skin; the skin of an aircraft.
- A container for liquids that is made of animal skin.
- Music A drumhead.
- Informal One's life or physical survival: They lied to save their 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 or as if with skin: skin the framework of a canoe.
- Slang To fleece; swindle.
- To become covered with or as if with skin: In January the pond skins over with ice.
- To pass with little room to spare: We barely skinned by.
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse skinn; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
- skinˈless adjective
cutaway of human skinA. melanocyte B. muscle C. sebaceous gland D. hair shaft E. epidermis F. dermis G. subcutaneous tissue H. fat I. artery J. sweat gland K. hair follicle L. Pacinian corpuscle
skin - Ologies & -Isms Definition
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.
skin - Cultural Definition
The external tissue that covers the body. As the body's largest organ (it makes up about one twenty-fifth of an adult's weight), the skin serves as a waterproof covering that helps keep out pathogens and protects against temperature extremes and sunlight. The skin also contains special nerve endings that respond to touch, pressure, heat, and cold. The skin has an outer layer, or epidermis, and a layer immediately below, called the dermis.
skin - Medical Definition
- skinless adjective
skin - Phrases/Idioms
be no skin off one's noseor be no skin off one's backâ
by the skin of one's teeth
get under someone's skinâ
have a thick skinor have a thin skin
save one's skin
- â to scold or punish severely
- to defeat decisively
by the skin of (one's) teeth
get under (someone's) skin
- To irritate or stimulate; provoke.
- To preoccupy someone; become an obsession.
under the skin
skin - Science Definition