Origin of skein
Examples from the Web for skein
The skein of life is drawn together to a point at the two ends and spread out in the middle.The Old Folks' Party|Edward Bellamy
To secure the legs, when they can be felt, Blaine recommends a skein of worsted.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Then he added a pinch of a colorless powder, and dipped a skein of silk into the bowl.In the Days of the Guild|Louise Lamprey
No errand was half as welcome as one to Uncle Josh, when they might take an egg and get a skein of cotton.
And trying to untangle the skein, I was a good deal startled to feel a touch on my arm as I reached the sidewalk.Blindfolded|Earle Ashley Walcott
British Dictionary definitions for skein
Word Origin for skein
Word Origin and History for skein
"fixed quantity of yarn doubled over and over and knotted, mid-15c., from Middle French escaigne "a hank of yarn" (Old French escagne, mid-14c., Modern French écagne), of uncertain origin. Cf. Medieval Latin scagna "a skein," Irish sgainne "a skein, clue."