skein

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English skayne, 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, etc. 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.
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  5. (zoology, Britain, dialect) A group of wild fowl, (e.g. geese, goslings) when they are in flight.
  6. (sports) A winning streak.
  7. (radio, television, dated) A series created by a web (major broadcasting network).
    • 1950, Billboard (volume 62, number 9)
      All three tele skeins are pitching furiously to snag the super Easter Day tele show to be bankrolled by Frigidaire, []
    • 1963, Radio Television Daily (volume 93, page 5)
      Three comedy shows from the U. S. are in the CTV lineup: CBSTV's Phil Silvers and Danny Thomas skeins and NBC-TV's "Harry's Girls."

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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]

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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

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Verb[edit]

skein

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

Icelandic[edit]

Verb[edit]

skein

  1. first-person singular past active indicative of skína
  2. third-person singular past active indicative of skína
  3. second-person singular active imperative of skeina

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Verb[edit]

skein

  1. simple past of skinne

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

skein

  1. past of skina