the part of a gown, dress, slip, or coat that extends downward from the waist.
a one-piece garment extending downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn especially by women and girls.
some part resembling or suggesting the skirt of a garment, as the flared lip of a bell or a protective and ornamental cloth strip covering the legs of furniture.
a small leather flap on each side of a saddle, covering the metal bar from which the stirrup hangs.
Also called apron .Furniture.
a flat horizontal brace set immediately beneath the seat of a chair, chest of drawers, or the like, to strengthen the legs.
Usually skirts . the bordering, marginal, or outlying part of a place, group, etc.; the outskirts.
Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a woman or girl: to chase some skirt;a skirt chaser.
Rocketry. an outer part of a rocket or missile that provides structural support or houses such systems as avionics or gyroscopes.
to lie on or along the border of: The hills skirt the town.
to border, wrap, or cover with a skirt or something suggesting a skirt in appearance or function.
to pass along or around the border or edge of: Traffic skirts the town.
to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something that is controversial, risky, etc.): The senator skirted the issue.
to remove low-grade wool and foreign matter from (the outer edge of fleece).
to be or lie on or along the edge of something.
to move along or around the border of something.
- skirtless, adjective
- skirtlike, adjective
- un·skirt·ed, adjective
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How to use skirt in a sentence
This is also why insulated skirts are so great—and the longer, the warmer.
A full array of features—the helmet-compatible hood, a powder skirt, chest and hand pockets, two-way zippers, pit zips—kept us comfortable during long days riding lap after windy lap.
Eloquii Elements is available in sizes 14 through 28 and has debuted a ready to wear collection of fall essentials including sweaters, jumpsuits, dresses, skirts and more.
Companies such as Heim-Made have further expanded the market with down skirts for cold climates.
In the process, their motions twist the gas around them like swirling skirts.
Assad-affiliated Christian militias skirt around the territory of rival groups aligned with the YPG.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive | Peter Schwartzstein | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Traitz then claimed Cosby convinced her to get back in the car, took her to a shop to buy a new skirt, and that was that.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004 | Marlow Stern | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The coat, with fitted bodice, nipped-in waist, and full skirt, created a familiar silhouette for Kate.
Her old sister, Marianne, had showed up to her polling place wearing a black skirt, black top, and black heels.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014 | David Freedlander | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On stage, Amber spoofed Sarah Palin in a topknot and librarian glasses, yanking a toy gun and stuffed moose from her skirt.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending | Anne Berry | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These form one of the many island groups that hang like a fringe or festoon on the skirt of the continent of Asia.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
She was dressed in her brightest skirt and fairly shone with the abundance of cheap jewelry she wore.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
He thrust one hand into his gold-coloured skirt, and produced a glass bottle full of some very cheap perfume from Europe.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
She wore a dust-colored habit with divided skirt, and a soft felt hat and gloves of the same shade.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
She seized her skirt drying before the fire and wrapped it around her bare shoulders as she ran through the outer door.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
British Dictionary definitions for skirt
a garment hanging from the waist, worn chiefly by women and girls
the part of a dress below the waist
Also called: apron a frieze or circular flap, as round the base of a hovercraft
the flaps on a saddle that protect a rider's legs
British a cut of beef from the flank
(often plural) a margin or outlying area
NZ the lower part of a sheep's fleece
bit of skirt slang a girl or woman
(tr) to form the edge of
(tr) to provide with a border
(when intr, foll by around, along, etc) to pass (by) or be situated (near) the outer edge of (an area, etc)
(tr) to avoid (a difficulty, etc): he skirted the issue
mainly Australian and NZ to remove the trimmings or inferior wool from (a fleece)
- skirted, adjective
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