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skirting

[ skur-ting ]

noun

  1. fabric for making skirts.
  2. Often skirtings. low-grade wool and foreign matter removed from the outer edges of fleece.
  3. Also called skirting board. British. baseboard ( def 1 ).


skirting

/ ˈskɜːtɪŋ /

noun

  1. a border, esp of wood or tiles, fixed round the base of an interior wall to protect it from kicks, dirt, etc
  2. material used or suitable for skirts


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Word History and Origins

Origin of skirting1

First recorded in 1680–90; skirt + -ing 1

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Example Sentences

The show has a lot of fun skirting around the edges of the absurd.

The story is Lardner at his best, skirting the fence between sentimentality and cynicism and achieving pathos.

From an overseas haven to a TARP gift to Nascar, companies are skirting the IRS.

Senior officials normally observe a longstanding political taboo by skirting around such tales of torment.

The walls were painted blue, the skirting almost a third of the height, and so wide at the top as to form a narrow shelf.

Presently they ascended a clay bluff a hundred feet high, skirting its edge where it was free from timber.

They were now skirting the borders of the lake, and their bright dresses were reflected like painted shadows in the still water.

We proceeded moderately and sedately upon our shining way, skirting the sapphire sea, dotted here and there with green islands.

Away out in front of the regiment ran a little creek, skirting the hill on which the rebels were massed.

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