- (anatomy) The main bones of the head considered as a unit; the cranium.
- A symbol for death; death's-head
(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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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").