a length of yarn or thread wound on a reel or swift preparatory for use in manufacturing.
anything wound in or resembling such a coil:
a skein of hair.
something suggestive of the twistings of a skein:
an incoherent skein of words.
a flock of geese, ducks, or the like, in flight.
a succession or series of similar or interrelated things:
a skein of tennis victories.
a length of yarn, etc, wound in a long coil
something resembling this, such as a lock of hair
a flock of geese flying Compare gaggle (sense 2)
adjective 1. of, relating to, or like a skeleton. skeleton (skěl’ĭ-tn) The internal structure of vertebrate animals, composed of bone or cartilage, that supports the body, serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles, and protects the vital organs and associated structures. A hard protective covering or supporting structure of invertebrate animals. See also […]
- Skeletal extension
skeletal extension skel·e·tal extension (skěl’ĭ-tl) n. See skeletal traction.
- Skeletal muscle
skeletal muscle n. A muscle that is connected at either or both extremities with a bone and consists of elongated, multinucleated, transversely striated, skeletal muscle fibers, together with connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves.
- Skeletal system
skeletal system definition The framework of the body, consisting of bones and other connective tissues, which protects and supports the body tissues and internal organs. The human skeleton contains 206 bones, six of which are the tiny bones of the middle ear (three in each ear) that function in hearing. The largest bone in the […]