- a long pin of wood or metal for inserting through meat or other food to hold or bind it in cooking.
- any similar pin for fastening or holding an item in place.
- to fasten with or as if with a skewer.
Origin of skewer
- to turn aside or swerve; take an oblique course.
- to look obliquely; squint.
- to give an oblique direction to; shape, form, or cut obliquely.
- Slang. to make conform to a specific concept, attitude, or planned result; slant: The television show is skewed to the young teenager.
- to distort; depict unfairly.
- having an oblique direction or position; slanting.
- having a part that deviates from a straight line, right angle, etc.: skew gearing.
- Mathematics. (of a dyad or dyadic) equal to the negative of its conjugate.
- (of an arch, bridge, etc.) having the centerline of its opening forming an oblique angle with the direction in which its spanning structure is built.
- Statistics. (of a distribution) having skewness.
- an oblique movement, direction, or position.
- Also called skew chisel. a wood chisel having a cutting edge set obliquely.
Origin of skew
Examples from the Web for skewer
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
Without context, subtlety, and commentary, a parody begins to look eerily like the scenario it is attempting to skewer.Juvenile Misogynist Seth MacFarlane Is Not Funny
June 3, 2014
To find out why Judge & Co. decided to skewer Silicon Valley, and how they went about doing it, we recently gave them a call.Mike Judge’s Genius Satire ‘Silicon Valley’ Skewers Tech Titans
April 3, 2014
Is it because the biracial comedians seamlessly slip into the characters and skewer racial stereotypes?Are Key and Peele Biracial Geniuses or Are They Just Really Funny?
December 2, 2013
We use this guy as a foil to skewer Hollywood actors and pop culture.James Van Der Beek on Katie Holmes and the Secrets of ‘Dawson’s Creek’
April 10, 2012
This she repeated until her skewer would bear no more weight.Her Father's Daughter
When you put it away after dinner, skewer on again the skin.
Skewer the livers and gizzards to the sides, under the wings.
Lift them out with a skewer, and drop them into hot fat (see French Frying).The Skilful Cook
Does it mean that when you are a representative you will not scruple to skewer M. le Marquis?Scaramouche
- a long pin for holding meat in position while being cooked, etc
- a similar pin having some other function
- chess a tactical manoeuvre in which an attacked man is made to move and expose another man to capture
- (tr) to drive a skewer through or fasten with a skewer
- placed in or turning into an oblique position or course
- machinery having a component that is at an angle to the main axis of an assembly or is in some other way asymmetricala skew bevel gear
- composed of or being elements that are neither parallel nor intersecting as, for example, two lines not lying in the same plane in a three-dimensional space
- (of a curve) not lying in a plane
- (of a statistical distribution) not having equal probabilities above and below the mean; non-normal
- distorted or biased
- an oblique, slanting, or indirect course or position
- psychol the system of relationships in a family in which one parent is extremely dominating while the other parent tends to be meekly compliant
- to take or cause to take an oblique course or direction
- (intr) to look sideways; squint
- (tr) to place at an angle
- (tr) to distort or bias
Word Origin and History for skewer
1670s, variant of dialectal skiver (1660s), perhaps from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skifa "a cut, slice" (of bread, etc.), Swedish skifer "a slate," which are related to shiver (n.1) "small piece."
1701, from the noun. Related: Skewered; skewering.
late 15c., "to turn aside" (intransitive), from Old North French eskiuer "shy away from, avoid," Old French eschiver (see eschew). Transitive sense of "turn (something) aside" is from 1570s. Meaning "depict unfairly" first recorded 1872, on notion of being "give oblique direction to," hence "to distort, to make slant." Statistical sense dates from 1929. Related: Skewed; skewing. The adjectival meaning "slanting, turned to one side" is recorded from c.1600, from the verb; noun meaning "slant, deviation" first attested 1680s.
- A transformation of coordinates in which one coordinate is displaced in one direction in proportion to its distance from a coordinate plane or axis. A rectangle, for example, that undergoes skew is transformed into a parallelogram. Also called shear