Definition of Skein

1. Noun. Coils of worsted yarn.

Generic synonyms: Hank



Definition of Skein

1. n. A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel, -- usually tied in a sort of knot.

2. n. A flight of wild fowl (wild geese or the like).

Definition of Skein

1. Noun. A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel. A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) A web, a weave, a tangle. ¹

3. Noun. (qualifier wagonmaking) A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle. ¹

4. Noun. (zoology provincial England) A group of wild fowl, (e.g. geese, goslings) when they are in flight. ¹

5. Noun. (sports) A winning streak. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Skein

1. to wind into long, loose coils [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Skein

1. 1. A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel, usually tied in a sort of knot. A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel. 2. A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle. Origin: OE. Skeyne, OF. Escaigne, F. Ecagne, probably of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. Sgainne, Gael. Sgeinnidh thread, small twine; or perhaps the English word is immediately from Celtic. A flight of wild fowl (wild geese or the like). Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Skein

skeezier
skeeziest
skeeziness
skeezy
skeg
skegg
skegger
skeggers
skeggs
skegs
skeigh
skeigher
skeighest
skeiling
skeilings
skein (current term)
skein cell
skeined
skeining
skeinlike
skeins
skelder
skeldered
skelders
skelet
skeletal
skeletal dysplasia
skeletal extension
skeletal formula
skeletal frame

Literary usage of Skein

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1. The Science of Railways by Marshall Monroe Kirkman (1915)
"skein, and place them beside it. Have him understand that he is not expected to find an exact match for the test skein, but that he is to choose all the ..."

2. The Science of Railways by Marshall Monroe Kirkman (1913)
"skein, and place them beside it. Have him understand that he is not expected to find an exact match for the test skein, but that he is to choose all the ..."

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