Skin meaning

skĭn
Skin is the outer layer of something.

An example of a skin is the peel of an onion.

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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.
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To cover with a skin or a similar layer.

Skin the framework of a canoe.

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To fleece; swindle.
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A drumhead.
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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.
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One's life or physical survival.

They lied to save their skins.

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To remove skin from.

Skinned and gutted the rabbit.

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To bruise, cut, or injure the skin or surface of.

She skinned her knee.

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To remove (an outer covering); peel off.

Skin off the thin bark.

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To become covered with skin or a similar layer.

In January the pond skins over with ice.

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To pass with little room to spare.

We barely skinned by.

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Of, relating to, or depicting pornography.

Skin magazines.

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The outer covering or integument of the animal body.
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Such a covering, esp. that of a small animal, when removed from the body and prepared for use; pelt.
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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.
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A container made of animal skin, used for holding liquids.
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A set of drums.
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A dollar.
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To cover with or as with skin; grow skin on.
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To remove skin from.
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To injure by scraping or abrading (one's knee, elbow, etc.)
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To become covered with skin.
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To climb (up or down)
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To move (through), pass (by), succeed, etc. by a very narrow margin.
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Depicting and exploiting nudity and sex.

A skin magazine.

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A container for liquids that is made of animal skin.
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To strip or peel off, as or like skin.
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To drive or urge on (a mule, ox, etc.)
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The membranous tissue forming the external covering or integument of an animal and consisting in vertebrates of the epidermis and dermis.
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To bruise, cut, or injure the skin or surface of.

I skinned my knee.

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The outer covering of a vertebrate animal, consisting of two layers of cells, a thick inner layer (the dermis) and a thin outer layer (the epidermis). Structures such as hair, scales, or feathers are contained in the skin, as are fat cells, sweat glands, and sensory receptors. Skin provides a protective barrier against disease-causing microorganisms and against the sun's ultraviolet rays. In warm-blooded animals, it aids in temperature regulation, as by insulating against the cold.
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(1) Regarding alternating current, see skin effect.
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(uncountable) The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.

He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.

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(uncountable) The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
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(countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
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(countable) A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.

In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you"²ll have to remove the skin floating on top of it.

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(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.

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(countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.

Pass me a skin, mate.

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(countable, slang) Short for skinhead.
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(Australia) A subgroup of Australian aboriginal people; such divisions are cultural and not related to an individual"²s physical skin.
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(countable, video games) An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.
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(slang) Bare flesh, particularly bare breasts.

Let me see a bit of skin.

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A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids.
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(nautical) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.

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(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.
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To injure the skin of.

He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.

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To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
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(colloquial) To high five.
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(computing, colloquial) To apply a skin to (a computer program).

Can I skin the application to put the picture of my cat on it?

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(UK, soccer) To use tricks to go past a defender.
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(intransitive) To become covered with skin.

A wound eventually skins over.

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To cover with skin, or as if with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
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(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.
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(slang, dated) To strip of money or property; to cheat.
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Skin is defined as to remove the outer surface of something.

An example of to skin is to remove the fur of an animal.

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The membranous tissue forming the external covering or integument of an animal and consisting in vertebrates of the epidermis and dermis.
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An animal pelt, especially the comparatively pliable pelt of a small or young animal.

A tent made of goat skins.

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by the skin of (one's) teeth
  • By the smallest margin.
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get under (someone's) skin
  • To irritate or stimulate; provoke.
  • To preoccupy someone; become an obsession.
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have a thick skin
  • To be slow to take offense.
  • To be insensitive to the needs or concerns of others.
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make (one's) skin
  • To cause one to be afraid or disgusted.
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under the skin
  • Beneath the surface; fundamentally:.
    Enemies who are really brothers under the skin.
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be no skin off someone's nose
  • To affect someone not at all; be of no direct concern to someone.
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by the skin of one's teeth
  • By the smallest possible margin; barely.
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get under someone's skin
  • To anger or irritate someone.
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have a thick (or thin) skin
  • To be insensitive (or acutely sensitive) to blame, criticism, insults, etc.
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save someone's skin
  • To save someone from harm or injury or, often, specif., from death.
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skin someone alive
  • To scold or punish someone severely.
  • To defeat someone decisively.
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skin and bones
  • (the condition of being) extremely lean and bony.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

have a thick skin
make (one's) skin
under the skin
be no skin off someone's nose
have a thick (<i>or</i> thin) skin
skin someone alive

Origin of skin

  • Middle English from Old Norse skinn sek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary