- 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.
- the shell or ceiling of a hull.
- the outer, exposed part of a furled sail.
- 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
Origin of skin
synonym study for skin
OTHER WORDS FROM skinskin·like, adjectiveun·der·skin, nounun·skinned, adjective
How to use skin in a sentence
They realized that the brain gets haptic information when something moves across the skin.This artificial skin feels ‘ghosts’ — things you wish were there|Stephen Ornes|November 20, 2020|Science News For Students
That skin, furry on top, helps colugos glide far and hide well in the canopy.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops|Yao-Hua Law|November 20, 2020|Science News
The story of the pandemic is written on our bodies, from our eyes to our brains, on our teeth and our skin, all the way down to our feet.The pandemic isn’t ending anytime soon. And our bodies are feeling the stress.|Petula Dvorak|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Plates are confined to the lithosphere, a nearly two-dimensional skin on the surface of the planet.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology|Joshua Sokol|November 19, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Take whatever you’re using and place it over your nose, making sure you cover equal parts of your mask and skin.The best ways to stop a mask from fogging up your glasses, ranked|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 18, 2020|Popular-Science
That gave participants an opportunity to try taxidermy without skinning the specimen, which some people find hard to stomach.
I also like a bird's beak knife, for fiddly decorative things like making radish flowers and skinning apples in one long peel.
For one dish, the chef paralyzes the cat and then throws it into boiling water alive before skinning.Poisoning of CEO in Cat Stew Stirs Outrage Among Rights Activists|Dan Levin|January 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps because skinning a squirrel is just not as sexy as twirling in a Rodarte-made tutu.Overacting Anonymous: The Christian Bale and Natalie Portman Edition|Tricia Romano|February 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Birds were very numerous but the operation of skinning and preserving them would have taken up more time than could be afforded.
Some of the soldiers insisted on skinning the beast and taking the skin along as a trophy.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
The skinning and quartering took up the whole afternoon, and Billy was heavily laden when he drew his cart home.
Edward took out his knife, and commenced skinning the heifer, and then took out the inside.
Behind him, each of the natives had laid his stabbing-knife, skinning-knife, and whetstone.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
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
- (as modifier)a skin disease See also dermis, epidermis Related adjectives: cutaneous, dermatoid
Derived forms of skinskinless, adjectiveskinlike, adjective
Word Origin for skin
Medical definitions for skin
Other words from skinskin′less adj.
Scientific definitions for skin
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.
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