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(1)   Body covering of a living animal
(2)   An outer surface (usually thin)
"The skin of an airplane"
(3)   A bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal
(4)   A natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
"Your skin is the largest organ of your body"
(5)   The rind of a fruit or vegetable
(6)   A person's skin regarded as their life
"He tried to save his skin"
(7)   The tissue forming the hard outer layer (of e.g. a fruit)


(8)   Strip the skin off
"Pare apples"
(9)   Remove the bark of a tree
(10)   Bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of
"The boy skinned his knee when he fell"
(11)   Climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling


  1. The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
    • He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.
  2. The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
  3. The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
  4. A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
    • In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you'll have to remove the skin floating on top of it.
  5. A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
    • You can use this skin to change how the browser looks.
  6. Rolling paper for cigarettes.
    • Pass me a skin, mate.
  7. Short for skinhead.
  8. A subgroup within an Australian aboriginal people, also called a section, subsection, or moiety. These divisions are cultural, not related to a person's physical skin. (Reference: Macquarie Aboriginal Words, Macquarie University, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, introduction.)
  9. An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.


dermis, integument, tegument peel , pericarp hide, pelt film


  1. To injure the skin of.
    • He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
  2. To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
  3. To apply a skin to (a computer program).
    • Can I skin the program to put the picture of my cat on it?