• The Ass in the Lion's Skin
    The Ass in the Lion's Skin
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v skin strip the skin off "pare apples"
    • v skin remove the bark of a tree
    • v skin bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"
    • v skin climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    • n skin body covering of a living animal
    • n skin an outer surface (usually thin) "the skin of an airplane"
    • n skin a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal
    • n skin a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
    • n skin the rind of a fruit or vegetable
    • n skin a person's skin regarded as their life "he tried to save his skin"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

a Rabbit-skin a Rabbit-skin
a rabbit skin a rabbit skin
The Dinosaur Mummy. Detail of skin of under side of body The Dinosaur Mummy. Detail of skin of under side of body
Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon
Buffalo skin Buffalo skin
Beaver skins Beaver skins
An ass in a lion's skin watches as animals and men stampede away from him An ass in a lion's skin watches as animals and men stampede away from him

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every square inch of the human body has about 19,000,000 skin cells
    • Skin A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids. See Bottle, 1. "Skins of wine."
    • Skin (Naut) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
    • Skin The bark or husk of a plant or fruit; the exterior coat of fruits and plants.
    • Skin (Naut) The covering, as of planking or iron plates, outside the framing, forming the sides and bottom of a vessel; the shell; also, a lining inside the framing.
    • Skin (Anat) The external membranous integument of an animal.
    • Skin The hide of an animal, separated from the body, whether green, dry, or tanned; especially, that of a small animal, as a calf, sheep, or goat.
    • Skin To become covered with skin; as, a wound skins over.
    • Skin To cover with skin, or as with skin; hence, to cover superficially. "It will but skin and film the ulcerous place."
    • Skin To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use in such exercise cribs, memeoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
    • Skin To strip of money or property; to cheat.
    • Skin To strip off the skin or hide of; to flay; to peel; as, to skin an animal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average human has about 20 square feet of skin weighing about 6 pounds
    • n skin In anat, and zoology, the continuous covering of an animal; the cutaneous investment of the body; the integument, cutis, or derm, especially when soft and flexible, a hard or rigid skin being called a shell, test, exoskeleton, etc. Skin ordinarily consists of two main divisions or layers:
    • n skin The integument of an animal stripped from the body, with or without its appendages; a hide, pelt, or fur, either raw and green, or variously cured, dressed, or tanned. In the trades and in commerce the term is applied only to the skins of the smaller animals, the skins of the larger animals being called hides: thus, an ox-hide, a goatskin, cowhide boots, calfskin shoes, etc. See cut under hide.
    • n skin In museums, the outer covering of an animal, preserved for examination or exhibition with the fur, feathers, etc., but not mounted or set up in imitation of life.
    • n skin A water-vessel made of the whole or nearly the whole skin of a goat or other beast; a wine-skin. See cut under bottle.
    • n skin That which resembles skin in nature or use; the outer coat or covering of anything; especially, the exterior coating or layer of any substance when firmer or tougher than the interior; a rind or peel: as, the skin of fruit or plants; the skin (putamen) of an egg.
    • n skin Nautical:
    • n skin That part of a furled sail which is on the outside and covers the whole.
    • n skin The planking or iron plating which covers the ribs of a vessel on the inside; also, the thin plating on the outer side of the ribs of an armor-plated iron ship.
    • n skin A mean, stingy person; a skinflint.
    • n skin A hot punch of whisky made in the glass; a whisky-skin.
    • n skin = Syn. 1, 2, and Skin, Hide, Pelt. Rind, Peel, Husk, Bull. Skin is the general word for the external covering or tissue of an animal, including man, and for coatings of fruits, especially such coatings as are thin, as of apples, Hide applies especially to the skin of large domestic animals, as horses and oxen. Pelt is an untanned skin of a beast with the hair on. Rind is used somewhat generally of the bark of trees, the natural covering of fruit, etc. Peel is the skin or rind of a fruit, which is easily removable by peeling off: as, orange-peel; the peel of a banana. Husk is an easily removable integument of certain plants, especially Indian corn. A hull is generally smaller than a husk, perhaps less completely covering the fruit: as, strawberry-hulls; raspberry-hulls.
    • skin To provide with skin; cover as with a skin.
    • skin To strip the skin from; flay; peel.
    • skin To strip or peel off; remove by turning back and drawing off inside out.
    • skin To strip of valuable properties or possessions; fleece; plunder; rob; cheat; swindle.
    • skin To copy or pretend to learn by employment of irregular or forbidden expedients, as a college exercise: as, to skin an example in mathematics by copying the solution.
    • skin To become covered with skin; grow a new skin; cicatrize: as, a wound skins over.
    • skin To accomplish anything by irregular, underhand, or dishonest means; specifically, in college use, to employ forbidden or unfair methods or expedients in preparing for recitation or examination.
    • skin To slip away; abscond; make off.
    • skin To range wide, as a dog in the field.
    • n skin In electricity, the outer layers of a conductor, which serve in the conduction of currents of high frequency.
    • skin To take off the top layer of, as of a race-track.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur
    • n Skin skin the natural outer covering of an animal body: a hide: the bark or rind of plants, &c.: the inside covering of the ribs of a ship: a drink of whisky hot
    • v.t Skin to cover with skin: to cover the surface of: to strip the skin from, to peel: to plunder, cheat: to answer an examination paper, &c., by unfair means
    • v.i Skin to become covered with skin: to sneak off:—pr.p. skin′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. skinned
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  • Kin Hubbard
    “The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “Beauty is only skin deep, but it's a valuable asset if you're poor or haven't any sense.”
  • Nikita Khrushchev
    Nikita Khrushchev
    “When you are skinning your customers you should leave some skin on to grow again so that you can skin them again.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
  • Konrad Adenauer
    Konrad Adenauer
    “A thick skin is a gift from God.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    “Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.”


All skin and bone - If a person is very underweight, they are all skin and bone, or bones.
Banana skin - (UK) A banana skin is something that is an embarrassment or causes problems.
Beauty is only skin deep - This idiom means that appearances can be deceptive and something that seems or looks good may turn out to be bad.
By the skin of your teeth - If you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just manage to do it and come very near indeed to failing.
More than one way to skin a cat - When people say that there is more than one way to skin a cat, they mean that there are different ways of achieving the same thing.
No skin off my nose - If something's no skin off your nose, it doesn't affect or bother you at all.
Play out of your skin - If someone plays out of their skin, they give an outstanding performance.
Save your skin - If someone saves their skin, they manage to avoid getting into serious trouble.
Skin and bones - If someone is skin and bones, they are very underweight and look bad.
Skin in the game - A person who has skin in the game has invested in the company they are running.
Skin someone alive - If someone skins you alive, they admonish and punish you hard.
Under your skin - If someone gets under your skin, they really annoy you.
Waste of skin - If a person is referred to as a 'waste of skin', it means he is not worth very much.
Wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding - If something isn't powerful: This bus wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skinn,; akin to Sw. skinn, Dan. skind, AS. scinn, G. schined, to skin


In literature:

Numbness and tingling of the skin often trouble the patient, and the skin is sometimes smooth and glossy or freckled.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
The instruments consisted chiefly of a sort of tambourine, formed of skin stretched across a hoop; and a small skin bag with pebbles in it.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Gamal was a slender, olive-skinned boy whom no one dared cross, because he was a grandson of the reigning Sultan of Egypt, Al Salih Ayub.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
No wonder you're a lunger; dressin' in them hen-skins!
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
At this she felt very cold, and her skin smarted.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
Skin the tongue, and take the skin carefully off the head, to put under and over.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The principal point in preparing thin or stretchy small mammal skins for mounting is to leave the membrane of skin-muscles on the body skin.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
The first consideration is to skin the limb from the fetlock up and leave the skin attached to the body.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Kosciusko presented him with a fine pair of pistols and a valuable otter-skin robe.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
My Skin is gone, the Skin by which I knew how to act according to the wisdom of my father, the Amphib King.
"Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer

In poetry:

Your small wire legs,
So frail, so thin,
Their touch is swansdown
Upon my skin.
"The Ladybird" by Clive Sansom
Shining bright, fair of skin,
Lovely the look of her eyes,
Sweet the speech of her lips,
She has not a word too much.
"Sister Without Peer" by Anonymous Africas
That merit worth or patient toil
Does not suffice to win.
Then learn the cause of this defeat,
The color of the skin.
"Heart-Throbs" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Thou mirror of uprightness,
What ails thee at thy vows?
What means the risen whiteness
Of the skin between thy brows?
"Gehazi" by Rudyard Kipling
I suffered the knife at my skin;
I knew the dye that he used
Was two and eleven a tin.
I confess I was somewhat amused.
"Bluebeard’s First Wife" by Leon Gellert
One with courteous gesture lifted the bear-skin
from his head;
"Lives here Elkanah Garvin?" "I am he," the
goodman said.
"Mary Garvin" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

I've Got You Under My Skin.
These Paintings Aren't Averse to Showing a Little Skin to Get a Ride Home.
Two-tonin' it with alligator skin over candy blue.
It's just halfway into April and I'm already scratching three mosquito bites on my skin.
Brett Sigworth says his skin burned shortly after he applied the sunscreen. has photos of the most sizzling bikini bods in Hollywood, who have done skinful nudity on the big screen.
Supermodel Kate Upton was kicked off California's famed Santa Monica pier during a recent photo shoot after showing too much skin.
What if we took the worlds most wrinkly dog with tons of loose skin and made a slow motion video.
When ya look in the mirror, do you see these white, scar-like scratches covering your skin.
Dr Denese shares her vast knowledge of skin science to explain the best ways to improve the appearance and texture of skin.
Hollywood's hottest stars are pretty good at concealing their skin flaws with the help of the top makeup artists in the business, but sometimes their skin outbreaks are exposed.
Offers new approaches to managing chronic skin problems with education, support and free natural beauty programs for sensitive skin care.
According to the company, 70% of women believe they have sensitive skin, and studies have shown that people with skin barrier deficiencies (i.e.
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In science:

Indeed those analyzes were able to show selectivity for that SKM* model of structure and for the neutron skin thickness of 0.17 fm that it proposed.
Simple functional forms for total cross sections from neutron-nucleus collisions
Since the measure µ is invariant under D , Skin depends1 only on ω , not a concrete choice of Ξ.
On the AKSZ formulation of the Rozansky-Witten theory and beyond
The fact that the transverse Green function (B19) identically equals zero on the CN surface is related to the absence of the skin layer in the model of the infinitely thin cylinder (see, e.g., Ref. ).
Strong exciton-plasmon coupling in semiconducting carbon nanotubes
Indeed, the skin should offer a very easy distortion in bending-twisting while providing significant resistance t o pressure of the fluid.
The eel-like robot
Also, we have chosen to support such a skin of an underlying structure.
The eel-like robot