Origin: Skinned; Skinning.
1. To become covered with skin; as, a wound skins over.
In man, and the vertebrates generally, the skin consist of two layers, an outer nonsensitive and nonvascular epidermis, cuticle, or skarfskin, composed of cells which are constantly growing and multiplying in the deeper, and being thrown off in the superficial, layers; and an inner sensitive, and vascular dermis, cutis, corium, or true skin, composed mostly of connective tissue.
5. That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole. 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 friction, Skin resistance, the friction, or resistance, caused by the tendency of water to adhere to the immersed surface (skin) of a vessel.
<zoology> Skin moth, any insect which destroys the prepared skins of animals, especially the larva of Dermestes and Anthrenus. Skin of the teeth, nothing, or next to nothing; the least possible hold or advantage. Skin wool, wool taken from dead sheep.
Origin: Icel. Skinn; akin to Sw. Skinn, Dan. Skind, AS. Scinn, G. Schined to skin.
(01 Mar 1998)
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