the external covering or integument of an animal body, especially when soft and flexible.
such an integument stripped from the body of an animal, especially a small animal; pelt: a beaver skin.
the tanned or treated pelt or hide of an animal, especially when used in apparel and accessories; leather (usually used in combination): pigskin;calfskin.
a container made of animal skin, used for holding liquids, especially wine.
any integumentary covering, casing, outer coating, or surface layer, as an investing membrane, the rind or peel of fruit, or a film on liquid: a skin of thin ice;the aluminum skin of an airplane.
a graphical user interface that changes the appearance of a program, app, or website without changing its underlying functioning: It’s still the same old program, but the new skin lets you move all the tools around, so the navigation is better for most people.
an audio or art file in a video game that changes the appearance or sound of an item or a character without changing its underlying functioning, strength, job class, or other specifications: The game is free to play, but I’ve spent a lot on skins so my character can look this badass.
the outermost layer of a pearl.
the outermost layer of a diamond as found: often different in color and refraction from the inner part of the stone.
Metallurgy. an outer layer of a metal piece having characteristics differing from those of the interior.
the shell or ceiling of a hull.
the outer, exposed part of a furled sail.
Rocketry. the outer surface of a missile or rocket.
Slang. a condom.
skins, Slang. drums.
Slang. a swindler; cheat.
Slang. a skinflint.
Slang. a horse.
Slang. a dollar bill.
to remove or strip off (any covering, outer coating, surface layer, etc.).
to scrape or rub a small piece of skin from (one's hand, leg, etc.), as in falling or sliding against something: She skinned her knee.
to urge on, drive, or whip (a draft animal, as a mule or ox).
to climb or jump: He skinned the rope to the top of the wall.
to cover with or as if with skin.
Slang. to strip of money or belongings; fleece, as in gambling.
Cards. to slide cards one at a time off the top of (the pack) in dealing.
Slang. to defeat completely: skinned at the polls.
Slang. to castigate; reprimand: skinned for his disobedience.
Slang. to slip off or depart hurriedly (often followed by out).
Slang. showing or featuring nude persons, often in a sexually explicit way: a skin magazine.
presenting films, stage shows, exhibitions, etc., that feature nude persons, especially in a sexually explicit way: a Times Square skin house.
Idioms about skin
by the skin of one's teeth, Informal. by an extremely narrow margin; just barely; scarcely: We made the last train by the skin of our teeth.
get under one's skin, Slang.
have a thick skin, to be insensitive to criticism or rebuffs: The complaint desk is a job for someone who has a thick skin.
have a thin skin, to be extremely sensitive to criticism or rebuffs; be easily offended: Be careful what you say to me, I have a thin skin.
no skin off one's back / nose / teeth, Slang. of no interest or concern or involving no risk to one.
save one's skin, Informal. to avoid harm, especially to escape death: They betrayed their country to save their skins.
skin alive, Informal.
to subdue completely, especially in a cruel or ruthless manner: The home team was skinned alive this afternoon.
under the skin, in essence; fundamentally; despite appearances or differences: sisters under the skin.
- skin·like, adjective
- un·der·skin, noun
- un·skinned, adjective
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How to use skin in a sentence
Start with a warm base layer that’s comfortably snug and close to your skin.How to stay warm while sleeping in the frigid outdoors | Alisha McDarris | February 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
They are safe on skin, but of course, take precautions when handling hot objects.Best hand warmers: Block the chill during your favorite winter activities | PopSci Commerce Team | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
Even after washing, the substances can remain on clothing and skin for weeks, visible only under UV light.Bee theft is almost a perfect crime—but there’s a new sheriff in town | Andrew Zaleski | February 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
The real question is what’s under Tom Brady’s skin — apart from the victory champagne in his blood, that is.Tom Brady still has the itch, and it’s taken him places no football player has been | Sally Jenkins | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s not an easy process, so I prefer buying ready-made dumpling skins.Homemade dumplings bring me closer to family this Lunar New Year, even from far away | Marian Liu | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Creating PGCs from skin tissue, on the other hand, seems like a walk in the park compared to egg freezing.
“I sense that mobile games are starting to shed their skin, getting rid of all the dead things they carry around,” he says.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art | Alec Kubas-Meyer | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Everyone showed lots of skin and courtship perfumed the air.
Most people, however, understood the significance of the photo immediately-- especially those who share my skin.
The better she does,” she said, rubbing the skin around the clamps, “the heavier it gets.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau | Ian Frisch | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many of us had been hit by the balls, but a bruise or a graze of the skin was the worst consequence that had ensued.
A lurid spot on each cheek showed burning red through the bronze of his skin.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
I saw this girl, eight or nine years old, all benumbed and nothing but skin and bone.
Movement to know that she was attired in appropriate costume—short frock, biped continuations and a mannish oil-skin hat.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
And it is quite true that the particular employer can no more break away from these limits than he can jump out of his own skin.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for skin
the tissue forming the outer covering of the vertebrate body: it consists of two layers (the dermis and epidermis), the outermost of which may be covered with hair, scales, feathers, etc. It is mainly protective and sensory in function
a person's complexion: a fair skin
any similar covering in a plant or lower animal
any coating or film, such as one that forms on the surface of a liquid
unsplit leather made from the outer covering of various mammals, reptiles, etc: Compare hide 2 (def. 1)
the outer covering of a fur-bearing animal, dressed and finished with the hair on
a container made from animal skin
the outer covering surface of a vessel, rocket, etc
a person's skin regarded as his life: to save one's skin
(often plural) informal (in jazz or pop use) a drum
informal short for skinhead
slang a cigarette paper used for rolling a cannabis cigarette
Irish slang a person; sort: he's a good old skin
by the skin of one's teeth by a narrow margin; only just
get under one's skin informal to irritate one
jump out of one's skin to be very startled
no skin off one's nose informal not a matter that affects one adversely
skin and bone extremely thin
thick skin an insensitive nature
thin skin a sensitive nature
(tr) to remove the outer covering from (fruit, etc)
(tr) to scrape a small piece of skin from (a part of oneself) in falling, etc: he skinned his knee
(often foll by over) to cover (something) with skin or a skinlike substance or (of something) to become covered in this way
(tr) slang to strip of money; swindle
relating to or for the skin: skin cream
slang, mainly US involving or depicting nudity: skin magazines
- See also skin up
- skinless, adjective
- skinlike, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for skin
The outer covering of a vertebrate animal, consisting of two layers of cells, a thick inner layer (the dermis) and a thin outer layer (the epidermis). Structures such as hair, scales, or feathers are contained in the skin, as are fat cells, sweat glands, and sensory receptors. Skin provides a protective barrier against disease-causing microorganisms and against the sun's ultraviolet rays. In warm-blooded animals, it aids in temperature regulation, as by insulating against the cold.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Cultural definitions for skin
The external tissue that covers the body. As the body's largest organ (it makes up about one twenty-fifth of an adult's weight), the skin serves as a waterproof covering that helps keep out pathogens and protects against temperature extremes and sunlight. The skin also contains special nerve endings that respond to touch, pressure, heat, and cold. The skin has an outer layer, or epidermis, and a layer immediately below, called the dermis.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with skin
In addition to the idioms beginning with skin
- skin alive
- skin and bones
- skin deep
- skin off one's nose
- skin of one's teeth
- beauty is only skin deep
- by the skin of one's teeth
- get under someone's skin
- jump out of one's skin
- make one's flesh creep (skin crawl)
- more than one way to skin a cat
- no skin off one's nose
- save one's bacon (skin)
- soaked to the skin
- thick skin
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.