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/skel"tn/, n. 1. John, c1460-1529, English poet. 2. Richard Bernard ("Red"), 1913-97, U.S. actor and comedian. * * * (as used in expressions) Skelton John Skelton Red Richard ...
Skelton, John
born с 1460 died June 21, 1529, London, Eng. English poet. Appointed court poet to Henry VII in 1489, Skelton became a tutor and eventually an adviser to Henry VIII. In 1498 ...
Skelton, Red
orig. Richard Bernard Skelton born July 18, 1913, Vincennes, Ind., U.S. died Sept. 17, 1997, Rancho Mirage, Calif. U.S. comic actor. He joined a touring medicine show at age ...
Skelton, Richard Bernard
▪ 1998       American comic actor (b. July 18, 1913, Vincennes, Ind.—d. Sept. 17, 1997, Rancho Mirage, Calif.), was a favourite clown of many generations of Americans. ...
Skelton, Robin
▪ 1998       British-born Canadian poet, scholar, and witch who published scores of books, founded the creative writing department at the University of Victoria, B.C., ...
Skel·ton (skĕlʹtən), John. 1460?-1529. English poet and scholar noted for his satires, including Speke Parrot (1521). * * *
▪ poetry       short verses of an irregular metre much used by the Tudor poet John Skelton (Skelton, John). The verses have two or three stresses arranged sometimes in ...
See skand-. * * *
skene1 /skee"nee/, n., pl. skenai /-nuy/. (in the ancient Greek theater) a structure facing the audience and forming the background before which performances were given. [ < Gk ...
skene dhu
/skeen" dhooh", dooh"/. See skean dhu. * * *
/skep/, n. 1. a round farm basket of wicker or wood. 2. Also, skepful. the amount contained in a skep. 3. a beehive, esp. of straw. [bef. 1100; ME skeppe, late OE sceppe < ON ...
/skep"fool/, n., pl. skepfuls. skep (def. 2). [1560-70; SKEP + -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
/skep"tik/, n. 1. a person who questions the validity or authenticity of something purporting to be factual. 2. a person who maintains a doubting attitude, as toward values, ...
—skeptically, adv. —skepticalness, n. /skep"ti keuhl/, adj. 1. inclined to skepticism; having doubt: a skeptical young woman. 2. showing doubt: a skeptical smile. 3. denying ...
See skeptical. * * *
/skep"teuh siz'euhm/, n. 1. skeptical attitude or temper; doubt. 2. doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, esp. Christianity. 3. (cap.) the doctrines or opinions of ...
I. sker-1 Also ker-. To cut. Derivatives include shears, scabbard, skirmish, carnage, sharp, scrape, and screw. I. Basic form *sker-, *ker-. 1. a. shear, from Old English ...
/sker"ik/, n. Australian. a small piece or quantity; a bit: Not even a skerrick of cake was left. [1930-35; orig. uncert.] * * *
/sker"ee/, n., pl. skerries. Chiefly Scot. 1. a small, rocky island. 2. a coastline with a series of such islands offshore. [1605-15; Shetland dial. skerri a rock in the sea < ON ...
—sketcher, n. —sketchingly, adv. —sketchlike, adj. /skech/, n. 1. a simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, esp. a preliminary one, giving the essential features ...
Sketch Book, The
a collection of essays and stories (1819-20) by Washington Irving. * * *
sketch map
a rough map of the principal features of a locale, as one drawn from memory. [1870-75] * * *
—sketchability, n. /skech"euh beuhl/, adj. suitable for being sketched. [1860-65; SKETCH + -ABLE] * * *
/skech"book'/, n. 1. a book or pad of drawing paper for sketches. 2. a book of literary sketches. Also, sketch book. [1810-20; SKETCH + BOOK] * * *
See sketch. * * *
See sketchy. * * *
See sketchily. * * *
sketch·pad (skĕchʹpăd') n. See sketchbook. * * *
—sketchily, adv. —sketchiness, n. /skech"ee/, adj., sketchier, sketchiest. 1. like a sketch; giving only outlines or essentials. 2. imperfect, incomplete, slight, or ...
/skee"tee/; Eng. /skeet/, n. Gk. Orth. Ch. a settlement of monks or ascetics. [1865-70; < Gk sketé, fem. n. deriv. of Sketís a desert in Lower Egypt known for its hermits] * * *
To shoot, chase, throw. Derivatives include shoot, shut, and scuttle1. 1. shoot, from Old English scēotan, to shoot, from Germanic *skeutan, to shoot. 2. a. shot1, from Old ...
—skeuomorphic, adj. /skyooh"euh mawrf'/, n. an ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques, as an ...
/skyooh/, v.i. 1. to turn aside or swerve; take an oblique course. 2. to look obliquely; squint. v.t. 3. to give an oblique direction to; shape, form, or cut obliquely. 4. Slang. ...
skew arch
an arch, as at the entrance to a tunnel, having sides, or jambs, that are not at right angles with the face. [1835-45] * * *
skew field
Math. a ring in which the equations ax = b and xa = b have solutions for x. * * *
skew lines
Geom. any lines in space that do not intersect and are not parallel. [1950-55] * * *
skew polygon
skew polygon n. the figure formed by joining four or more points, not all in one plane, by the same number of lines * * *
/skyooh"si me"trik/, adj. Math. noting a square matrix that is equal to the negative of its transpose. * * *
skew arch n. An arch having sides not at right angles to the face of its abutments. * * *
—skewbacked, adj. /skyooh"bak'/, n. Archit. 1. a sloping surface against which the end of an arch rests. 2. a stone, course of masonry, or the like, presenting such a ...
/skyooh"bawld'/, adj. 1. (esp. of horses) having patches of brown and white. n. 2. a skewbald horse or pony. [1645-55; SKEW + (PIE)BALD] * * *
/skyooh"euhr/, n. 1. a long pin of wood or metal for inserting through meat or other food to hold or bind it in cooking. 2. any similar pin for fastening or holding an item in ...
/skyooh"euhr wood'/, n. Brit. Dial. 1. the spindle tree, Euonymus europaeus. 2. the red dogwood, Cornus sanguinea. [1775-85; SKEWER + WOOD1] * * *
/skyooh"jee/, adj. Northern U.S. crooked or slanted; cockeyed. [1840-50; appar. SKEW + GEE1] * * *
/skyooh"ing/, n. 1. a process of removing excess gold leaf from a stamped surface. 2. skewings, the gold leaf so removed. [1850-55; orig. uncert.] * * *
skew lines pl.n. Straight lines that are not in the same plane and do not intersect. * * *
/skyooh"nis/, n. Statistics. 1. asymmetry in a frequency distribution. 2. a measure of such asymmetry. [1890-95; SKEW + -NESS] * * *
Skhira, La
also spelled  Al-Ṣukhayrah ,  Skhira , or  Cekhira        seaport, eastern Tunisia. It is situated on the Gulf of Gabes, in Al-Sāḥil region. La Skhira is one of ...
▪ anthropological and archaeological site, Israel       site of a paleoanthropological excavation on the western side of Mount Carmel (Carmel, Mount), Israel, known for ...
—skiable, adj. /skee/, n., pl. skis, ski, v., skied, skiing. n. 1. one of a pair of long, slender runners made of wood, plastic, or metal used in gliding over snow. 2. See ...
ski boot
a heavy, thick-soled, ankle-high shoe for skiing, often having padding and extra supporting straps and laces around the ankle, with grooves at the back of the heel for binding to ...
ski jump
—ski jumper. 1. a snow-covered chute or slide at the side of a hill or built up on top of the hill, the base of the chute having a horizontal ramp that enables a skier to speed ...
ski jumping
a competitive event, included in the Nordic combined, in which a skier jumps from a ski jump, often traveling 230 to 300 ft. (70 to 90 m) in the air, with scores being based on ...
ski lift
a conveyance that carries skiers up the side of a slope, consisting typically of a series of chairs suspended from an endless cable driven by motors. [1935-40] * * *
ski mask
a one-piece pullover covering for the head and face, generally of knitted material with holes for the eyes, the mouth, and sometimes the nose, originally worn by skiers and used ...
ski pants
pants worn for skiing, having the legs tapered to fit snugly at the ankles and sometimes having a strap going under the arch, often made of a stretch or waterproof fabric. * * *
ski patrol
      group of paid or volunteer workers at ski resorts whose primary function is to promote skiing safety and provide first aid for injured skiers. Ski patrolmen are ...
ski pole
a slender pole or stick, usually with a metal point at one end, a loop for the hand at the other, and a disk near the lower end to prevent its sinking into snow, used in skiing ...
ski rack
a rack for holding skis, as one that can be attached to the roof of a car or set up outside a ski lodge. * * *
ski run
a trail, slope, course, or the like, used for skiing. [1920-25] * * *
ski suit
a warm, lightweight outer garment for skiing and other outdoor winter activities, usually consisting of a short, zippered jacket and close-fitting trousers. * * *
ski touring
☆ ski touring n. the sport of cross-country skiing * * *
ski touring.
—ski tourer. See cross-country skiing. [1930-35] * * *
ski tow
1. Also called rope tow. a type of ski lift in which skiers are hauled up a slope while grasping a looped, endless rope driven by a motor. 2. a ski lift. [1930-35] * * *
ski troops
a body of soldiers trained to fight on skis. [1935-40] * * *
/skee"dooh'/ Trademark. a brand of snowmobile. * * *
See ski. * * *
/skuy"euh gram'/, n. 1. a picture made by outlining and shading a subject's shadow. 2. skiagraph. [1795-1805; < Gk skiá shadow + -GRAM1; cf. SKIAGRAPH] * * *
—skiagraphic /skuy'euh graf"ik/, skiagraphical, adj. —skiagraphy /skuy ag"reuh fee/, n. /skuy"euh graf', -grahf'/, n. a radiograph. Also, skiagram. [1895-1900; back formation ...
ski·ag·ra·phy (skī-ăgʹrə-fē) n. 1. The art or technique of making skiagrams. 2. See radiography.   [Greek skiāgraphiā, painting in light and shade : skiā, shadow + ...
—skiascopy /skuy as"keuh pee/, n. /skuy"euh skohp'/, n. Ophthalm. retinoscope. [ < Gk skiá a shadow, shade + -SCOPE] * * *
skiascopy [skī as′kə pē] n. 〚Gr skia, shadow (see SHINE) + -SCOPY〛 RETINOSCOPY * * * ski·as·co·py (skī-ăsʹkə-pē) n. pl. ski·as·co·pies See ...
—skibobber, n. —skibobbing, n. /skee"bob'/, n. a winter-sport vehicle for riding downhill over snow, often used at mountain resorts, that runs on a fixed ski and has a much ...
See skibob. * * *
See skibobber. * * * ▪ sport also called  skibiking  or  snowbiking   a winter sport using a guidable, single-track vehicle that has features of the bicycle, the ...
ski boot n. A stiff padded plastic or leather boot that is fastened to the foot with strong buckles or laces and locked into place in a ski binding. * * *
—skiddingly, adv. /skid/, n., v., skidded, skidding. n. 1. a plank, bar, log, or the like, esp. one of a pair, on which something heavy may be slid or rolled along. 2. one of a ...
skid chain.
See tire chain. * * *
skid fin
Aeron. an upright projection or fin, positioned from leading edge to trailing edge in the center of the upper wing of some early airplanes and used to retard ...
skid road
☆ skid road n. 1. in lumbering, a trail along which newly cut logs are skidded 2. a) West a section of town where loggers gathered in taverns, inns, etc. b) SKID ROW * * *
skid row
/roh/ an area of cheap barrooms and run-down hotels, frequented by alcoholics and vagrants. Also called Skid Road. [1930-35, Amer.; earlier skid road an area of a town frequented ...
/skeed"blahd nir/, n. Scand. Myth. the huge collapsible ship, made by two dwarfs for Frey, that always had a favoring wind. * * *
/skid"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that skids. 2. Mach. a type of four-wheel tractor equipped with a grapple, used to haul logs or timber, esp. over rough terrain. 3. Slang. a. ...
/ski dooh"/, v.i., skiddooed, skiddooing. Informal. to go away; get out. [1900-05; perh. alter. of SKEDADDLE] * * *
/skid"ee/, adj., skiddier, skiddiest. tending to skid or cause skidding: a skiddy shopping cart; an icy, skiddy driveway. [1900-05; SKID + -Y1] * * *
skid fin n. An upright auxiliary airfoil formerly placed above the upper wing in biplanes to increase lateral stability. * * *
/skid"proohf'/, adj. preventing or resistant to skidding, as certain road surfaces or vehicle tires. [1930-35; SKID + -PROOF] * * *
skid road n. 1. A track made of logs laid transversely about five feet apart that is used to haul logs to a loading platform or a mill. 2. Slang. Skid row. * * *
skid row (rō) n. Slang A squalid district inhabited chiefly by derelicts and vagrants.   [Alteration of skid road(from the fact that it once referred to a downtown area ...
/skid"way'/, n. 1. a road or path formed of logs, planks, etc., for sliding objects. 2. a platform, usually inclined, for piling logs to be sawed or to be loaded onto a ...
/skeekh/, adj., adv. Scot. skeigh. * * *
skied1 /skeed/, v. pt. of ski. skied2 /skuyd/, v. a pt. of sky. * * *
▪ Norway       town, southern Norway, on the Skienselva (river). Originally the site of a monastery, the town, founded in 1110, is one of the oldest in Norway. An ...
/skee"euhr/, n. a person who skis. [1890-95; SKI + -ER1] * * *
/skuyz/, n. 1. pl. of sky. v. 2. 3rd pers. sing. pres. of sky. * * *
/skuy"ee/, adj. skyey. * * *
—skiffless, adj. /skif/, n. any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person. [1565-75; < early It schifo < OHG scif SHIP] * * *
skiffle1 /skif"euhl/, v.t., skiffled, skiffling. knob (def. 7). [perh. akin to SCABBLE] skiffle2 /skif"euhl/, n. 1. a jazz style of the 1920s deriving from blues, ragtime, and ...
/skee"ing/, n. the act or sport of gliding on skis. [1890-95; SKI + -ING1] * * * I Sport and mode of transportation involving moving over snow on a pair of long flat runners ...
—skijorer, n. /skee jawr"ing, -johr"-, skee"jawr-, -johr-/, n. a sport in which a skier is pulled over snow or ice, generally by a horse. [1905-10, Amer.; < Norw skikjøring, ...
ski jump n. 1. A jump or leap made by a skier, especially one in which the skier is judged on both form and the distance jumped. 2. A course or chute prepared for such a jump, ...
See ski jump. * * *
/skeek"deuh/, n. a seaport in NE Algeria. 60,535. Formerly, Philippeville. * * * ▪ Algeria formerly  Philippeville,         town, Mediterranean port, northeastern ...
/skil"fish'/, n., pl. skilfishes, (esp. collectively) skilfish. a sablefish, Erilepsis zonifer, of the North Pacific. [ < Haida sqíl + FISH] * * *
—skilfully, adv. —skilfulness, n. /skil"feuhl/, adj. Chiefly Brit. skillful. * * *
ski lift n. A power-driven conveyor, usually with attached tow bars, suspended chairs, or gondolas, used to carry skiers to the top of a trail or slope. Also called ski tow. * * *
skill1 /skil/, n. 1. the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well: Carpentry was one of his many skills. 2. competent excellence in ...
—skill-lessness, n. /skil"lis/, adj. 1. without skill; unskilled or unskillful. 2. Archaic. a. without knowledge; ignorant. b. (of things) done or made in a clumsy or unskilled ...
/skild/, adj. 1. having skill; trained or experienced in work that requires skill. 2. showing, involving, or requiring skill, as certain work. [1545-55; SKILL1 + -ED3] Syn. 1. ...
skilled labor
1. labor that requires special training for its satisfactory performance. 2. the workers employed in such labor. [1770-80] * * *
—skillessness, n. /skil"lis/, adj. skill-less. * * *
/skil"it/, n. 1. a frying pan. 2. a cylindrical serving vessel of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, having a hinged lid, a handle, and, sometimes, feet. 3. Chiefly Brit. a ...
—skillfully, adv. —skillfulness, n. /skil"feuhl/, adj. 1. having or exercising skill: a skillful juggler. 2. showing or involving skill: a skillful display of fancy ...
See skillful. * * *
See skillfully. * * *
skilling1 /skil"ing/, n. 1. a former silver coin of Denmark, Sweden, and the Danish West Indies. 2. any of various former copper coins of Sweden and Norway. [1690-1700; < Dan; c. ...
Skilling, John
▪ 1999       American structural and civil engineer whose firm, Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire, designed over 1,000 buildings in 36 states and 27 countries; among his ...
/skil"yeuhn/, n. Australian. a lean-to serving as a room or a shed. [1860-65; alter. of skilling, orig. dial. (S England), ME skyling; sense suggests kinship with dial. scale ...
Skills for Business
➡ Sector Skills Development Agency * * *
/skim/, v., skimmed, skimming, n. v.t. 1. to take up or remove (floating matter) from the surface of a liquid, as with a spoon or ladle: to skim the cream from milk. 2. to clear ...
skim milk
milk from which the cream has been skimmed. Also called skimmed milk. [1590-1600] * * *
ski mask n. A knitted covering for the head and face, worn especially by skiers for protection from the cold. * * *
/skim"beuhl skam'beuhl; skim"euhl skam'euhl/, adj. rambling; confused; nonsensical: a skimble-scamble explanation. Also, skimble-skamble. [1590-1600; gradational redupl. of dial. ...
skim·board (skĭmʹbôrd', -bōrd') n. A thin, flat, round or rectangular board used in skimboarding. * * *
skim·board·ing (skĭmʹbôr'dĭng, -bōr'-) n. The sport of riding a skimboard over shallow water on a beach and into oncoming waves close to shore. The board is usually ...
/skim"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that skims. 2. a shallow utensil, usually perforated, used in skimming liquids. 3. any of several gull-like birds of the family Rynchopidae, ...
/skim"euhr teuhn/, n. Chiefly Hudson Valley. shivaree (def. 1). Also, skimmelton /skim"euhl teuhn/. [cf., in Britain, skimmington, skim(m)iting a similar rural custom intended to ...
/skim"ee euh/, n. any Asian evergreen shrub belonging to the genus Skimmia, of the rue family, having simple, alternate leaves, clusters of small, white flowers, and a red, ...
skim milk n. Milk from which the cream has been removed. * * *
/skim"ing/, n. 1. Usually, skimmings. something that is removed by skimming. 2. skimmings, Metall. dross. 3. Slang. the practice of concealing gambling or other profits so as to ...
/skee"meuh beel'/, n. snowmobile (def. 1). [1940-45; SKI + -MOBILE] * * *
—skimpingly, adv. /skimp/, v.i. 1. to scrimp. v.t. 2. to scrimp. 3. to scamp. adj. 4. skimpy; scanty. [1875-80; orig. uncert.] Syn. 1, 2. stint, pinch. * * *
See skimpy. * * *
See skimpily. * * *
—skimpily, adv. —skimpiness, n. /skim"pee/, adj., skimpier, skimpiest. 1. lacking in size, fullness, etc.; scanty: a skimpy hem; a skimpy dinner. 2. too thrifty; stingy: a ...
—skinlike, adj. /skin/, n., v., skinned, skinning, adj. n. 1. the external covering or integument of an animal body, esp. when soft and flexible. 2. such an integument stripped ...
skin and bones
a condition or state of extreme thinness, usually the result of malnutrition; emaciation: Anorexia had reduced her to skin and bones. Also, skin and bone. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
skin beetle
▪ insect       any of approximately 300 widely distributed species of beetles in the superfamily Scarabaeoida (insect order Coleoptera) that are also classified by some ...
skin cancer
Malignant tumour of the skin, including some of the most common human cancers. Though recognizable at an early stage, it has a significant death rate. Light-skinned people have ...
skin care
the cleansing, massaging, moisturizing, etc., of the skin, esp. the face or hands. Also, skincare. [1950-55] * * *
skin disease
▪ pathology Introduction  any of the diseases or disorders that affect the human skin. They have a wide range of causes. General features       Although most diseases ...
skin diving
an underwater sport in which the swimmer, equipped with a lightweight mask, foot fins, and either a snorkel or a portable air cylinder and breathing device, can move about ...
skin effect
Elect. the phenomenon in which an alternating current tends to concentrate in the outer layer of a conductor, caused by the self-induction of the conductor and resulting in ...
skin flick
Slang. a motion picture that features nudity and usually scenes of explicit sexual activity. Also, skinflick. [1965-70] * * *
skin friction drag
Aeron. aerodynamic resistance or drag due to the contact of moving air with the surface of an airplane, a glider, etc. * * *
skin game
1. a dishonest or unscrupulous business operation, scheme, etc. 2. any cheating or fraudulent trick. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
skin graft
Surg. 1. skin used for transplanting in skin grafting. 2. an instance of skin grafting. 3. the surgical site of a skin graft. [1890-95] * * * ▪ ...
skin grafting
Surg. the transplanting of healthy skin from the patient's or another's body to a wound or burn, to form new skin. Also called dermatoplasty, dermoplasty. [1875-80] * * *
Skin of Our Teeth, The
a play (1942) by Thornton Wilder. * * *
skin planing
Surg. dermabrasion. * * *
skin reaction
an irritation or inflammation of the skin due to an allergy or infection, brought about by natural means or by a skin test. * * *
skin search.
See strip search. [1965-70] * * *
skin test
a test in which a substance is introduced into the skin, as by application to a purposely abraded area or by injection, for the detection of allergic sensitivity to a specific ...
/skin"deep"/, adj. 1. superficial or slight; not profound or substantial: Their sincerity is only skin-deep. adv. 2. slightly; superficially: He went into the subject only ...
—skin diver. /skin"duyv'/, v.i., skin-dived or skin-dove /-dohv'/, skin-diving. to engage in skin diving. [1950-55] * * *
—skin-popper, n. —skin-popping, n., adj. /skin"pop'/, v., skin-popped, skin-popping. Slang. v.t. 1. to inject (a drug) under the skin rather than into a vein. v.i. 2. to ...
See skin-pop. * * *
/skin"serrch'/, v.t. strip-search. * * *
See skin diving. * * *
skin diving n. The sport of swimming under water with flippers and a face mask and usually with a snorkel rather than a portable air supply.   skin diver n. * * *
skin effect n. The tendency of alternating current to flow near the surface of a conductor. * * *
☆ skinflick [skinflik΄ ] n. Slang a film in which nudity and, often, explicit sexual activity are emphasized * * * skin flick n. Slang A pornographic film. * * *
—skinflintily, adv. —skinflintiness, n. —skinflinty, adj. /skin"flint'/, n. a mean, niggardly person; miser. [1690-1700; SKIN + FLINT] Syn. hoarder, pinchpenny, niggard, ...
/skin"fool/, n., pl. skinfuls. 1. the amount that a skin container can hold. 2. Informal. a large or satisfying amount of food and drink. 3. Informal. an amount of liquor ...
skin game n. Slang 1. A fraudulent gambling game. 2. A swindle. * * *
skin graft n. A surgical graft of healthy skin from one part of the body to another or from one individual to another in order to replace damaged or lost skin.   skin grafting ...
See skin graft. * * *
/skin"hed'/, n. Slang. 1. a baldheaded man. 2. a person with closely cropped hair or a shaved head. 3. a marine recruit; boot. 4. an antisocial person who affects a hairless head ...
➡ gangs * * *
skink1 /skingk/, n. any of numerous lizards of the family Scincidae, common in many regions of the Old and New World, typically having flat, smooth, overlapping scales and ...
/sking"king/, adj. Scot. (of liquor, soup, etc.) watery; diluted or thin. [1575-85; SKINK2 + -ING2] * * *
/skin"lis/, adj. 1. deprived of skin: a skinless carcass. 2. (of frankfurters or sausages) having no casing. [1300-50; ME skinles. See SKIN, -LESS] * * *
skinned (skĭnd) adj. Having skin of a specified kind. Often used in combination: fair-skinned; dark-skinned. * * *
/skin"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that skins. 2. a person who prepares or deals in skins or hides. 3. a person who drives draft animals, as mules or oxen. 4. the operator of a ...
/skin"euhr/, n. 1. B(urrhus) F(rederic) /berr"euhs/, 1904-90, U.S. psychologist and writer. 2. Cornelia Otis, 1901-79, U.S. actress and author. 3. her father, Otis, 1858-1942, ...
Skinner box
Psychol. a box used in experiments in animal learning, esp. in operant conditioning, equipped with a mechanism that automatically gives the animal food or other reward or permits ...
Skinner, B(urrhus) F(rederic)
born March 20, 1904, Susquehanna, Pa., U.S. died Aug. 18, 1990, Cambridge, Mass. U.S. psychologist and influential theorist of behaviourism. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard ...
Skinner, B(urrhus) F(rederick)
Skin·ner (skĭnʹər), B(urrhus) F(rederick). 1904-1990. American psychologist. Skinner influenced the fields of psychology and education with his theories of stimulus-response ...
Skinner, B.F.
▪ American psychologist in full  Burrhus Frederic Skinner  born March 20, 1904, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, U.S. died August 18, 1990, Cambridge, ...
Skinner, Constance Lindsay
▪ American writer and historian in full  Constance Annie Lindsay Skinner  born Dec. 7, 1877, Quesnel, B.C., Can. died March 27, 1939, New York, N.Y., ...
Skinner, Cornelia Otis
born May 30, 1901, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died July 9, 1979, New York, N.Y. U.S. actress and writer. She made her stage debut in Blood and Sand (1921) with her actor-father, Otis ...
Skinner, Otis
▪ American actor born June 28, 1858, Cambridge, Mass., U.S. died Jan. 4, 1942, New York, N.Y.       American actor who played hundreds of roles in all parts of the ...
Skinner,Cornelia Otis
Skinner, Cornelia Otis. 1901-1979. American actress and writer known for her one-woman shows, which she wrote and produced. * * *
Skinner box n. A soundproof, light-resistant box or cage used in laboratories to isolate an animal for experiments in operant conditioning and usually containing only a bar or ...
/ski near"ee euhn/, n. 1. a psychologist who follows behaviorist theories developed by B. F. Skinner. adj. 2. of or pertaining to theories developed by Skinner, esp. concerning ...
See Skinnerian. * * *
/skin"euh ree/, n., pl. skinneries. a place where skins are prepared, as for the market. [1425-75; late ME; see SKIN, -ERY] * * *
See skinny. * * *
—skinniness, n. /skin"ee/, adj., skinnier, skinniest, n. adj. 1. very lean or thin; emaciated: a skinny little kitten. 2. of or like skin. 3. unusually low or reduced; meager; ...
—skinny-dipper, n. /skin"ee dip'/, v., skinny-dipped, skinny-dipping, n. Informal. v.i. 1. to swim in the nude. n. 2. a swim in the nude. [‡1960-65] * * *
See skinny-dip. * * *
skin patch n. See transdermal patch. * * *
skin search n. See strip search. * * *
/skint/, adj. Brit. Slang. having no money; penniless. [1930-35; prob. orig. repr. dial. pron. of skinned; see SKIN (v.), -ED2] * * *
skin test n. A test for detecting an allergy or infectious disease, performed by means of a patch test, scratch test, or intracutaneous injection of an allergen or extract of the ...
/skin"tuyt"/, adj. fitting almost as tightly as skin: skintight trousers. [1880-85; SKIN + TIGHT] * * *
skip1 —skippingly, adv. /skip/, v., skipped, skipping, n. v.i. 1. to move in a light, springy manner by bounding forward with alternate hops on each foot. 2. to pass from one ...
skip bombing
bombing, as by a low-flying plane, carried out so that each bomb, when released, skips along the surface below before striking the target. * * *
skip car
an open car for charging a blast furnace. Also called skip. * * *
skip distance
Radio. the minimum distance along the earth's surface between the position of a short-wave transmitter and the region where its signal is received after one reflection from the ...
skip lectures
➡ student life * * *
skip rope.
See jump rope. * * *
skip straight
Poker. a hand consisting of five cards following one another by two in order of denomination, as a five, seven, nine, jack, and king, being of special value in certain games. ...
skip tracer
—skip tracing. an investigator whose job is to locate missing persons, esp. debtors. Also, skip-tracer. * * *
skip welding
a technique of spacing welds on thin structural members in order to balance and minimize internal stresses due to heat. * * *
/skip"bom'/, v.t. Mil. to attack (a target) by skip bombing. [1940-45] * * *
/skip"dent'/, n. an open-weave effect in fabric, produced by purposely omitting specific warp ends in the drawing-in process. [SKIP1 + DENT1] * * *
skip distance n. The smallest separation between a transmitter and a receiver that permits radio signals of a specific frequency to travel from one to the other by reflection ...
/skip"jak'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) skipjack, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) skipjacks for 1; skipjacks for 2, 3. 1. any of various fishes that leap above ...
/skee"playn'/, n. Aeron. an airplane equipped with skis to enable it to land on and take off from snow. [1925-30; SKI + PLANE1] * * *
ski pole n. A lightweight pole with a handgrip, sometimes a wrist strap, and a sharp point encircled slightly above by a disk, used in pairs by snow skiers. * * *
/skip"euh beuhl/, adj. able to be skipped, omitted, or passed over without loss; unimportant. [1810-20; SKIP1 + -ABLE] * * *
skipper1 /skip"euhr/, n. 1. the master or captain of a vessel, esp. of a small trading or fishing vessel. 2. a captain or leader, as of a team. v.t. 3. to act as skipper ...
/skip"it/, n. a small, round box for protecting an official or personal seal, as on a document. [1350-1400; ME skipet. See SKIP3, -ET] * * *
/skerrl/, v.i. 1. to play the bagpipe. 2. Scot. and North Eng. to shriek. n. 3. the sound of a bagpipe. 4. Scot. and North Eng. any shrill sound. [1350-1400; ME scirlen, skrillen ...
/skerr"ling/, n. Scot. and North Eng. the act of shrieking. [1775-85; SKIRL + -ING1] * * *
—skirmisher, n. /skerr"mish/, n. 1. Mil. a fight between small bodies of troops, esp. advanced or outlying detachments of opposing armies. 2. any brisk conflict or encounter: ...
See skirmish. * * *
/skear"nir/, n. Scand. Myth. the servant of Frey: symbol of the sun. [ < ON Skírnir, equiv. to skír(r) bright, clear (cf. SHEER1) + -nir n. suffix] * * *
▪ Greek festival       annual Athenian festival held at threshing time on the 12th of Skirophorion (roughly June/July). Under the cover of a large white umbrella, which ...
Skíros [skē′rō̂s] Greek island of the N Sporades, in the Aegean Sea: 80 sq mi (207 sq km) * * * Skí·ros also Sky·ros or Scy·ros (skīʹrəs, skēʹrôs) An island ...
/skerr/, v.i. 1. to go rapidly; fly; scurry. v.t. 2. to go rapidly over. n. 3. a grating or whirring sound. [1540-50; var. of SCOUR2] * * *
/skir"it/, n. a plant, Sium sisarum, of the parsley family, cultivated in Europe for its edible tuberous root. [1300-50; ME skirwhite lit., pure white (skir < ON skirr clear, ...
—skirtless, adj. —skirtlike, adj. /skerrt/, n. 1. the part of a gown, dress, slip, or coat that extends downward from the waist. 2. a one-piece garment extending downward ...
skirt chaser
Slang. a womanizer. [1935-40] * * *
skirt steak
a cut of beef consisting of the diaphragm muscle. Also called Rumanian tenderloin. [1905-10] * * *
/skerr"ting/, n. 1. fabric for making skirts. 2. Often, skirtings. low-grade wool and foreign matter removed from the outer edges of fleece. 3. Also called skirting board. Brit. ...
skirt steak n. A boneless cut of beef from the lower part of the brisket. * * *
ski run n. A slope or trail for skiing. * * *
/skit/, n. 1. a short literary piece of a humorous or satirical character. 2. a short theatrical sketch or act, usually comical. 3. a gibe or taunt. 4. Brit. Dial. a joke or ...
skite1 /skuyt/, n. Scot. and North Eng. 1. a quick, oblique blow or stroke; a chopping blow. 2. a joke or prank. 3. the butt of a joke or prank. 4. a person whose opinions are ...
See ski touring. * * *
ski touring n. Cross-country skiing for pleasure rather than competition.   ski tourer n. * * *
ski tow n. 1. A ski lift in which skiers cling to a continuous rope as they are pulled up a slope. 2. See ski lift. * * *
/skit"euhr/, v.i. 1. to go, run, or glide lightly or rapidly. 2. to skim along a surface. 3. Angling. to draw a lure or a baited hook over the water with a skipping ...
/skit"euh ree/, adj. skittish. [1900-05; SKITTER + -Y1] * * *
—skittishly, adv. —skittishness, n. /skit"ish/, adj. 1. apt to start or shy: a skittish horse. 2. restlessly or excessively lively: a skittish mood. 3. fickle; uncertain. 4. ...
See skittish. * * *
See skittishly. * * *
/skit"l/, n. Chiefly Brit. 1. skittles, (used with a sing. v.) ninepins in which a wooden ball or disk is used to knock down the pins. 2. one of the pins used in this ...
English ninepin bowling game played with a wooden disk or ball. The pins are set in a diamond formation; the player who knocks down all the pins in the fewest throws wins. ...
/skuyv/, v.t., skived, skiving. 1. to split or cut, as leather, into layers or slices. 2. to shave, as hides. 3. to finish the turning of (a metal object) by feeding a tool ...
/skuy"veuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that skives. 2. a thin, soft leather made from sheepskin, used for hat linings and book bindings. [1790-1800; SKIVE + -ER1] * * *
Skiv·vies (skĭvʹēz) A trademark used for underwear. This trademark often occurs in lowercase in print: “About 500 yards away, on three destroyers snubbed up to the dock, ...
skivvy1 /skiv"ee/, n., pl. skivvies. Informal. 1. Also called skivvy shirt. a man's cotton T-shirt. 2. skivvies, underwear consisting of cotton T-shirt and shorts. 3. a thin ...
/skee"wair'/, n. activewear designed to be worn for skiing, as jackets, sweaters, and pants. [1960-65; SKI + WEAR] * * *
To close, plug, weave together. 1. Succoth, from Hebrew sukkôt, plural of sukkâ, booth, from sākak, to weave together, screen, cover. 2. sequin, from Arabic sikka, coin, die, ...
/sklent/, Scot. and North Eng. n. 1. any slanting surface, as a slope. 2. a sideways or oblique movement. 3. a sideways glance. v.i. 4. to move or lie on a slant. 5. to deviate ...
Arabic root, to bridle. hackamore, from Arabic šakīma, bit of a bridle, from šakama, to bridle. * * *
Central Semitic, to dwell. Shekinah, from Mishnaic Hebrew šəkînâ, dwelling-place, tabernacle, divine presence, from Hebrew šākan, to dwell. * * *
/skohl/, interj. 1. (used as a toast in drinking someone's health.) n. 2. a toast. v.i. 3. to drink a toast. [1590-1600; < Dan skaal, Norw, Sw skål; cf. ON skal bowl] * * *
/skaw"beuh lef'/; Russ. /skaw"byi lyif/, n. former name of Fergana. * * *
Skobelev, Mikhail Dmitriyevich
▪ Russian military officer born Sept. 29 [Sept. 17, Old Style], 1843, St. Petersburg, Russia died July 7 [June 25], 1882, Moscow  military officer who played prominent roles ...
Skoblikova, Lidiya
▪ Russian skater in full  Lidiya Pavlovna Skoblikova  born March 8, 1939, Zlatoust, Russian S.F.S.R.       Russian speed skater who became the first athlete to win ...
/skoh"deuh/; Czech. /shkaw"dah/, n. Emil von /e"mil feuhn/ 1839-1900, Czech engineer and manufacturer of artillery. * * *
Škoda, Emil von
▪ Bohemian engineer born Nov. 19, 1839, Plzeň, Bohemia died Aug. 8, 1900, Amstetten, Austria       German engineer and industrialist who founded one of Europe's ...
/skoh"kee/, n. a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago. 60,278. * * * ▪ Illinois, United States       village, Cook county, northeastern Illinois, U.S. A suburb of ...
/skooh"keuhm/, adj. Northwest U.S., Canada. 1. large; powerful; impressive. 2. excellent; first-rate. [1825-35, Amer.; < Chinook Jargon: strong, powerful < Lower Chehalis ...
/skawp"ye/, n. a city in and the capital of Macedonia, in N part. 504,932. Serbo-Croatian, Skoplje /skawp"lye/. Turkish, Usküb, Usküp. * * * Serbian Skoplje City (pop., 1994: ...
Serbo-Croatian. /skawp"lye/, n. a city in SE Yugoslavia. 313,000. Macedonian, Skopje /skawp"ye/. Turkish, Üsküb, Üsküp. * * *
/skawrt/, n. a women's garment resembling a short skirt but having individual leg sections usually covered by a flap in front. [1985-90; b. SKIRT + SHORT(S)] * * *
Skorzeny, Otto
▪ Nazi SS officer born 1908, Vienna died July 5, 1975, Madrid  Nazi SS officer, who gained fame in 1943 for his daring rescue of Benito Mussolini from confinement at Campo ...
/skohsh/, n. Slang. a bit; a jot: We need just a skosh more room. [ < Japn sukoshi a little (bit)] * * *
Skou, Jens C.
▪ Danish biophysicist in full  Jens Christian Skou  born Oct. 8, 1918, Lemvig, Denmark       Danish biophysicist who (with Paul D. Boyer and John E. Walker) was ...
/skoor"euhs/; Gk. /skooh"rddahs/, n. Spyros (Panagiotes) /spear"ohs pan'euh yoh"tis/; Gk. /spee"rddaws pah'nah yaw"tees/, 1893-1971, U.S. film-studio executive, born in Greece. * ...

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