Definition of Skin

n.1.(Anat.) The external membranous integument of an animal.
2.The hide of an animal, separated from the body, whether green, dry, or tanned; especially, that of a small animal, as a calf, sheep, or goat.
3.A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids. See Bottle, 1.
4.The bark or husk of a plant or fruit; the exterior coat of fruits and plants.
5.(Naut.) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
Skin friction
(Naut.) the friction, or resistance, caused by the tendency of water to adhere to the immersed surface (skin) of a vessel.
Skin graft
(Surg.) a small portion of skin used in the process of grafting. See Graft, v. t., 2.
Skin moth
(Zool.) any insect which destroys the prepared skins of animals, especially the larva of Dermestes and Anthrenus.
Skin of the teeth
nothing, or next to nothing; the least possible hold or advantage.
Skin wool
wool taken from dead sheep.
- Job xix. 20.
v. t.1.To strip off the skin or hide of; to flay; to peel; as, to skin an animal.
[imp. & p. p. Skinned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Skinning.]
2.To cover with skin, or as with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
It will but skin and film the ulcerous place.
- Shak.
3.To strip of money or property; to cheat.
v. i.1.To become covered with skin; as, a wound skins over.
2.To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use in such exercise cribs, memeoranda, etc., which are prohibited.

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