a length of yarn or thread wound on a reel or swift preparatory for use in manufacturing.
anything wound in or resembling such a coil: a skein of hair.
something suggestive of the twistings of a skein: an incoherent skein of words.
a flock of geese, ducks, or the like, in flight.
a succession or series of similar or interrelated things: a skein of tennis victories.
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How to use skein in a sentence
It’s dry, with apricot and pear flavors and a skein of minerality that carries the fruit through to a long, satisfying finish.This petite sirah packs big, bold flavors and costs just $15 | Dave McIntyre | November 18, 2021 | Washington Post
Murray doesn't draw any at all, and doesn't seem even to be aware that any such skein is required.
It was a part of himself, woven unchangeably into his life in a glowing skein, the brilliant colors of which could never fade.The New Tenant | E. Phillips Oppenheim
Nevertheless, if the skein of ideas was entangled, each thread in itself was a thread of gold.Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The spinning wheel stands against the wall and above it from a peg hangs a heavy skein of black wool.The Saxons | Edwin Davies Schoonmaker
But the Seine was but a skein of silk stretched across the city; the water was hidden by the craft.
Sometimes I dye one end of a skein, and leave the other untouched; that gives quite a good effect.Lady Cassandra | Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for skein
a length of yarn, etc, wound in a long coil
something resembling this, such as a lock of hair
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