Skein meaning

skān
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.

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A flock of geese or similar birds in flight.
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A flock of wild fowl.
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A sequence of events, esp. a series of games won or lost by a team.

A 20-game winning skein.

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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.
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(figuratively) A web, a weave, a tangle.
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(wagonmaking) A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.

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(zoology, provincial England) A group of wild fowl, (e.g. geese, goslings) when they are in flight.
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(sports) A winning streak.
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Origin of skein

  • Middle English skeine from Old French escaigne
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English skeyne, Old French escaigne, French écagne, probably of Celtic origin
    From Wiktionary