skein

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for skein in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English skeyne, from Old French escaigne (Modern French écagne), probably of Proto-Celtic origin, from Proto-Indo-European *skend- (to split off)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: skān, IPA(key): /skeɪn/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪn

Noun[edit]

skein (plural skeins)

  1. A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel. A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread around a fifty-four inch reel.
  2. (figuratively) A web, a weave, a tangle.
  3. (zoology) The membrane of a fish ovary.
  4. (wagonmaking) A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  5. (zoology, provincial England) A group of wild fowl, (e.g. geese, goslings) when they are in flight.
  6. (sports) A winning streak.

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Verb[edit]

skein (third-person singular simple present skeins, present participle skeining, simple past and past participle skeined)

  1. To wind or weave into a skein.

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Faroese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

skein f (genitive singular skeinar, plural skeinir)

  1. (kvæði) scratch, small wound

Declension[edit]

Declension of skein
f2 singular plural
indefinite definite indefinite definite
nominative skein skeinin skeinir skeinirnar
accusative skein skeinina skeinir skeinirnar
dative skein skeinini skeinum skeinunum
genitive skeinar skeinarinnar skeina skeinanna

Related terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

skein

  1. shone, singular past of skína (to shine)

Icelandic[edit]

Verb[edit]

skein

  1. second-person singular active imperative of skeina

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Verb[edit]

skein

  1. simple past of skinne

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

skein

  1. past of skina