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  1. skin
    IPA[skin]
  2. noun

    • 1. the thin layer of tissue forming the natural outer covering of the body of a person or animal:

      I use body lotion to keep my skin soft a flap of skin
    • 2. the skin of a dead animal with or without the fur, used as material for clothing or other items:

      is this real crocodile skin?
      Synonym : hide, pelt, fleece, greenhide, crop, kip, fell
    • 3. a container made from the skin of an animal such as a goat, used for holding liquids:

      a skin filled with water
    • 4. the peel or outer layer of certain fruits or vegetables:

      potatoes roasted in their skins
    • 5. the thin outer covering of a sausage:

      if you are using link-sausages, prick the skins well with a fork
    • 6. a thin layer forming on the surface of certain hot liquids, such as milk, as they cool:

      Victoria was skimming the skin off the saucepan of milk
    • 7. the outermost layer of a structure such as a building or aircraft.

    • 8. a strip of sealskin or other material attached to the underside of a ski to prevent a skier from slipping backward while climbing.

    • 9. a customized graphic user interface for an application or operating system:

      music, reviews, and attitude all wrapped up in the skin of a catalog
    • 10. a skinhead:

      we were surrounded by skins with tattoos and braces
    • 11. (especially in jazz) a drum or drum head.

    • 12. relating to or denoting pornographic literature or films:

      the skin trade

    verb

    • 1. remove the skin from (an animal or a fruit or vegetable):

      scald and skin the tomatoes she skinned the pig and salted the carcass
      Synonym : peel, pare, hull, decorticate
    • 2. scratch or scrape the skin off (a part of one's body):

      he scrambled down from the tree with such haste that he skinned his knees
      Synonym : graze, scrape, abrade, bark, cut, rub something raw, chafe, excoriate
    • 3. take money from or swindle (someone):

      I ain't no dummy, and I know when I'm being skinned
    • 4. (of a wound) form new skin:

      the hole in his skull skinned over
    • 5. cover with skin:

      the wound was skinned, but the strength of his leg was not restored
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: skin, plural noun: skins

    • v.: verb: skin, 3rd person present: skins, gerund or present participle: skinning, past tense: skinned, past participle: skinned

    • noun

      the thin layer of tissue forming the natural outer covering of the body of a person or animal:

      the skin of a dead animal with or without the fur, used as material for clothing or other items:

    • verb

      remove the skin from (an animal or a fruit or vegetable):

      graze (a part of one's body):

    • adjective

      having a skin of a specified type:
    • adjective

      having a skin of a specified type:
    • verb

      inject (a drug, typically a narcotic) subcutaneously:
    • noun

      a subcutaneous injection of a drug, typically a narcotic.
    • noun

      a test for an immune reaction performed by applying a substance topically or injecting it into the skin.
    • verb

      perform a skin test on (someone):
    • noun

      a surgical operation in which a piece of healthy skin is transplanted to a new site on the body.

      a piece of skin transplanted to a new site on the body.

    • adjective

      not deep or lasting; superficial:
    • noun

      a fold of skin and underlying fat formed by pinching, the thickness of which is a measure of nutritional status.
    • noun

      the action or sport of swimming under water without a diving suit, typically in deep water using an aqualung and flippers.
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