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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Skin \Skin\, n. [Icel. skinn; akin to Sw. skinn, Dan. skind, AS.
scinn, G. schined to skin.]
1. (Anat.) The external membranous integument of an animal.

Note: 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.

2. 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.

3. A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids. See
{Bottle}, 1. ``Skins of wine.'' --Tennyson.

4. The bark or husk of a plant or fruit; the exterior coat of
fruits and plants.

5. (Naut.)
(a) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the
outside and covers the whole. --Totten.
(b) 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} (Naut.), the friction, or
resistance, caused by the tendency of water to adhere to
the immersed surface (skin) of a vessel.

{Skin graft} (Surg.), a small portion of skin used in the
process of grafting. See {Graft}, v. t., 2.

{Skin moth} (Zo["o]l.), 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. --Job xix. 20.

{Skin wool}, wool taken from dead sheep.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Skin \Skin\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Skinned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To strip off the skin or hide of; to flay; to peel; as, to
skin an animal.

2. To cover with skin, or as with skin; hence, to cover

It will but skin and film the ulcerous place.

3. To strip of money or property; to cheat. [Slang]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Skin \Skin\, v. i.
1. To become covered with skin; as, a wound skins over.

2. 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. [College Cant,

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a natural protective covering of the body; site of the sense
of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
[syn: {tegument}, {cutis}]
2: the tissue forming the hard outer layer of e.g. a fruit
[syn: {rind}]
3: an outer surface (usually thin); "the skin of an airplane"
4: body covering of a living animal [syn: {hide}, {pelt}]
5: a person's skin regarded as their life; "he tried to save
his skin"
6: a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from
the skin of an animal
v 1: climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling [syn: {clamber}, {scramble},
{shin}, {shinny}, {struggle}, {sputter}]
2: bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of; "The boy
skinned his knee when he fell" [syn: {scrape}]
3: remove the bark of a tree [syn: {bark}]
4: strip the skin off ("pare apples") [syn: {peel}, {pare}]
5: strike against an object, as of one's toe or foot [syn: {stub},
{scrape}, {abrade}]

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