An example of a skull is a popular Halloween decoration to scare people.
- the entire bony or cartilaginous framework of the head of a vertebrate, enclosing and protecting the brain and sense organs, including the bones of the face and jaw
- the human cranium regarded as the seat of thought or intelligence: usually with humorous or derogatory implication: a thick skull, an empty skull
Origin of skullMiddle English scolle from Scand, as in Swedish skulle, skull, akin to scale, shell
- to hit on the head
- to hit the top of (a golf ball) causing it to go too far
out of one's skull
- The bony or cartilaginous framework that encloses and protects the brain and sense organs of all vertebrates and of one group of nonvertebrates (the hagfishes); cranium.
- Informal The head, regarded as the seat of thought or intelligence: Use your skull and solve the problem.
- A death's-head.
Origin of skullMiddle English sculle probably of Scandinavian origin
(third-person singular simple present skulls, present participle skulling, simple past and past participle skulled)
- To hit in the head with a fist, a weapon, or a thrown object.
From Middle English scolle, probably from Old Norse skalli (“bald head, skull"), itself probably related to Old English scealu (“husk"). Cf. Swedish skulle, Norwegian skult.
- 1601, Philemon Holland (translat), Pliny the Elder (auth), The Historie of the World. Commonly called, The Natvrall Historie of C. Plinivs Secvndvs., book IX, chapter xv: “Of the names and natures of many fishes.":
- These fishs, togither with the old Tunies and the young, called Pelamides, enter in great flotes and skulls, into the sea Pontus, for the sweet food that they there find: and every companie of them hath their fever all leaders and captaines; and before them all, the Maquerels lead the way; which, while they be in the water, have a colour of brimstone; but without, like they be to the rest.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
See school (“a multitude").