skin

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: skin

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a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
strip the skin off
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an outer surface (usually thin)
remove the bark of a tree
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climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: skin
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n a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch

“your skin is the largest organ of your body”
Synonyms:
cutis, tegument
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investment
outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism
thick skin
skin that is very thick (as an elephant or rhinoceros)
skin graft
a piece of skin taken from a donor area and surgically grafted at the site of an injury or burn
buff
bare skin; naked
dewlap
a hanging fold of loose skin on an elderly person's neck
foreskin, prepuce
a fold of skin covering the tip of the penis
foreskin, prepuce
a fold of skin covering the tip of the clitoris
scalp
the skin that covers the top of the head
cuticle
the dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail
agnail, hangnail
a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected
pellicle
thin protective membrane in some protozoa
Type of:
body covering
any covering for the body or a body part
connective tissue
tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments

n body covering of a living animal

Synonyms:
hide, pelt
Type of:
body covering
any covering for the body or a body part

n a person's skin regarded as their life

“he tried to save his skin
Type of:
aliveness, animation, life, living
the condition of living or the state of being alive

n a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal

Types:
water skin, waterskin
a container of skin for holding water
wineskin
an animal skin (usually a goatskin) that forms a bag and is used to hold and dispense wine
Type of:
bag
a flexible container with a single opening

v strip the skin off

Synonyms:
pare, peel
Types:
peel off
peel off the outer layer of something
flay
strip the skin off
exfoliate
remove the surface, in scales or laminae
Type of:
strip
remove the surface from

v bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of

“The boy skinned his knee when he fell”
Synonyms:
scrape
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to
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n an outer surface (usually thin)

“the skin of an airplane”
Type of:
surface
the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

n the rind of a fruit or vegetable

Synonyms:
peel
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jacket
the outer skin of a potato
banana peel, banana skin
the skin of a banana (especially when it is stripped off and discarded)
lemon peel, lemon rind
the rind of a lemon
orange peel, orange rind
the rind of an orange
lemon zest
tiny bits of lemon peel
orange zest
tiny bits of orange peel
Type of:
rind
the natural outer covering of food (usually removed before eating)

v remove the bark of a tree

Synonyms:
bark
Type of:
strip
remove the surface from
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v climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

Synonyms:
clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, sputter, struggle
Type of:
climb
move with difficulty, by grasping
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