Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Skringe intransitive verb See Scringe .
Skrite noun (Zoology) The skrike. [ Prov. Eng.]
Skua noun [ Icelandic sk...fr , sk...mr .] (Zoology) Any jager gull; especially, the Megalestris skua ; -- called also boatswain .
Skue adjective & noun See Skew .
Skulk intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Skulked
; present participle & verbal noun Skulking
.] [ Of Scand. origin; confer Danish skulke
to spare or save one's self, to play the truant, Swedish skolka
to be at leisure, to shirk, Icelandic skolla
. Confer Scowl
.] To hide, or get out of the way, in a sneaking manner; to lie close, or to move in a furtive way; to lurk.
in holes and crevices." W. C. Bryant.
Discovered and defeated of your prey, Dryden.
You skulked behind the fence, and sneaked away.
Skulk noun [ Confer Icelandic skollr , skolli , a fox, and English skulk , v.i.] A number of foxes together. Wright.
Skulk, Skulker noun One who, or that which, skulks.
Skulkingly adverb In a skulking manner.
[ See School
a multitude.] A school, company, or shoal.
A knavish skull of boys and girls did pelt at him. Warner.
These fishes enter in great flotes and skulls. Holland.
[ Middle English skulle
; akin to Scot. skull
, a bowl, Swedish skalle
a shell, and English scale
; confer G. hirn schale
, Dan. hierne skal
. Confer Scale
of a balance.] 1. (Anat.) The skeleton of the head of a vertebrate animal, including the brain case, or cranium, and the bones and cartilages of the face and mouth. See Illusts . of Carnivora , of Facial angles under Facial , and of Skeleton , in Appendix.
» In many fishes the skull is almost wholly cartilaginous but in the higher vertebrates it is more or less completely ossified, several bones are developed in the face, and the cranium is made up, wholly or partially, of bony plates arranged in three segments, the frontal
, and occipital
, and usually closely united in the adult. 2. The head or brain; the seat of intelligence; mind.
Skulls that can not teach, and will not learn. Cowper. 3. A covering for the head; a skullcap.
[ Obsolete & R.]
Let me put on my skull first. Beau. & Fl. 4. A sort of oar. See Scull . Skull and crossbones
, a symbol of death. See Crossbones .
Skullcap noun Mad-dog skullcap (Botany) , an American herb ( Scetellaria lateriflora ) formerly prescribed as a cure for hydrophobia.
1. A cap which fits the head closely; also, formerly, a headpiece of iron sewed inside of a cap for protection. 2. (Botany) Any plant of the labiate genus Scutellaria , the calyx of whose flower appears, when inverted, like a helmet with the visor raised. 3. (Zoology) The Lophiomys.
Skullfish noun A whaler's name for a whale more than two years old.
Skulpin noun (Zoology) See Sculpin .
Skun noun & v. See Scum .
[ Contr. from the Abenaki (American Indian) seganku
.] (Zoology) Any one of several species of American musteline carnivores of the genus Mephitis and allied genera. They have two glands near the anus, secreting an extremely fetid liquid, which the animal ejects at pleasure as a means of defense.
» The common species of the Eastern United States ( Mephitis mephitica
) is black with more or less white on the body and tail. The spotted skunk ( Spilogale putorius
), native of the Southwestern United States and Mexico, is smaller than the common skunk, and is variously marked with black and white. Skunk bird
, Skunk blackbird (Zoology)
, the bobolink; -- so called because the male, in the breeding season, is black and white, like a skunk.
-- Skunk cabbage (Botany)
, an American aroid herb ( Symplocarpus fœtidus >) having a reddish hornlike spathe in earliest spring, followed by a cluster of large cabbagelike leaves. It exhales a disagreeable odor. Also called swamp cabbage .
-- Skunk porpoise
. (Zoology) See under Porpoise .
Skunk transitive verb In games of chance and skill: To defeat (an opponent) (as in cards) so that he fails to gain a point, or (in checkers) to get a king. [ Colloq. U. S.]
Skunkball noun (Zoology) The surf duck.
Skunkhead noun (Zoology) (a) The surf duck. (b) A duck ( Camptolaimus Labradorus ) which formerly inhabited the Atlantic coast of New England. It is now supposed to be extinct. Called also Labrador duck , and pied duck .
Skunkish adjective Like the skunk, especially in odor.
Skunktop noun (Zoology) The surf duck.
Skunkweed noun (Botany) Skunk cabbage.
Skute noun [ Icelandic sk...ta ; akin to Swedish skuta , Danish skude , Dutch schuit , Lg. schüte , and English schoot , v.t.] A boat; a small vessel. [ Obsolete] Sir R. Williams.
Skutterudite noun [ From Skutterud , in Norway, whence it is obtained.] (Min.) A mineral of a bright metallic luster and tin-white to pale lead- gray color. It consists of arsenic and cobalt.
; plural Skies
(skīz). [ Middle English skie
a cloud, Icelandic skȳ
; akin to Swedish & Danish sky
; confer Anglo-Saxon scūa
, shadow, Icelandic skuggi
; probably from the same root as English scum
. √158. See Scum
, and confer Hide
.] 1. A cloud.
[ A wind] that blew so hideously and high, Chaucer. 2. Hence, a shadow.
That it ne lefte not a sky
In all the welkin long and broad.
She passeth as it were a sky . Gower. 3. The apparent arch, or vault, of heaven, which in a clear day is of a blue color; the heavens; the firmament; - - sometimes in the plural.
The Norweyan banners flout the sky . Shak. 4. The wheather; the climate.
Thou wert better in thy grave than to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity of the skies . Shak.
is often used adjectively or in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sky
- roofed, etc. Sky blue
, an azure color.
-- Sky scraper (Nautical)
, a skysail of a triangular form. Totten.
-- Under open sky
, out of doors.
" Under open sky
Sky transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Skied
; present participle & verbal noun Skying
.] 1. To hang (a picture on exhibition) near the top of a wall, where it can not be well seen.
Brother Academicians who skied his pictures. The Century. 2. To throw towards the sky; as, to sky a ball at cricket.
Sky pilot (Aëronautics) A person licensed as a pilot. [ Slang]
Sky-blue adjective Having the blue color of the sky; azure; as, a sky-blue stone. Wordsworth.
Sky-high adverb & adjective Very high. [ Colloq.]
Skye terrier (Zoology) See Terrier .
Skyed adjective Surrounded by sky. [ Poetic & R.] "The skyed mountain." Thomson.
Skyey adjective Like the sky; ethereal; being in the sky.
Sublime on the towers of my skyey bowers, Shelley.
Lightning, my pilot, sits.
Skyish adjective Like the sky, or approaching the sky; lofty; ethereal. [ R.] Shak.
Skylark noun (Zoology) A lark that mounts and sings as it files, especially the common species ( Alauda arvensis ) found in Europe and in some parts of Asia, and celebrated for its melodious song; -- called also sky laverock . See under Lark .
» The Australian skylark ( Cincloramphus cantillans
) is a pipit which has the habit of ascending perpendicularly like a skylark, but it lacks the song of a true lark. The Missouri skylark is a pipit ( Anthus Spraguei
) of the Western United States, resembling the skylark in habit and song.
Skylarking noun The act of running about the rigging of a vessel in sport; hence, frolicking; scuffing; sporting; carousing. [ Colloq.]
Skylight noun A window placed in the roof of a building, in the ceiling of a room, or in the deck of a ship, for the admission of light from above.
; plural - men
. An aëronaut.
Skyrocket noun A rocket that ascends high and burns as it flies; a species of fireworks.
Skysail noun (Nautical) The sail set next above the royal. See Illust. under Sail .
Skyscraper noun (a) (Nautical) (1) A skysail of a triangular form. [ Rare] (2) A name for the one of the fancy sails alleged to have been sometimes set above the skysail. [ Obsolete] (b) A very tall building. (c) Hence, anything usually large, high, or excessive. [ Slang or Colloq.]
Skyward adjective & adverb Toward the sky.
Slab noun [ Middle English slabbe , of uncertain origin; perhaps originally meaning, a smooth piece, and akin to slape , Icelandic sleipr slippery, and English slip , intransitive verb ] Slab line (Nautical) , a line or small rope by which seamen haul up the foot of the mainsail or foresail. Totten.
1. A thin piece of anything, especially of marble or other stone, having plane surfaces. Gwilt. 2. An outside piece taken from a log or timber in sawing it into boards, planks, etc. 3. (Zoology) The wryneck. [ Prov. Eng.] 4. (Nautical) The slack part of a sail.
[ Confer Gael. & Ir. slaib
mud, mire left on a river strand, and English slop
puddle.] Thick; viscous.
Make the gruel thick and slab . Shak.
Slab noun That which is slimy or viscous; moist earth; mud; also, a puddle.
[ Obsolete] Evelyn. Slab"ber intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Slabbered
; present participle & verbal noun Slabbering
.] [ Middle English slaberen
; akin to LG. & Dutch slabbern
, German schlabbern
, LG. & Dutch slabben
, German schlabben
, Icelandic slafra
. Confer Slaver
.] To let saliva or some liquid fall from the mouth carelessly, like a child or an idiot; to drivel; to drool.
[ Written also slaver
, and slobber
Slabber transitive verb 1. To wet and foul spittle, or as if with spittle.
He slabbered me over, from cheek to cheek, with his great tongue. Arbuthnot. 2. To spill liquid upon; to smear carelessly; to spill, as liquid foed or drink, in careless eating or drinking.
The milk pan and cream pot so slabbered and tost Tusser.
That butter is wanting and cheese is half lost.
Slabber noun Spittle; saliva; slaver.
[ See 1st Slab
.] (Machinery) (a) A saw for cutting slabs from logs. (b) A slabbing machine.
Slabberer noun One who slabbers, or drools; hence, an idiot.
Slabbery adjective Like, or covered with, slabber or slab; slippery; sloppy.
Slabbiness noun Quality of being slabby.