skin Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “skin” - English Dictionary

"skin" in American English

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 us   /skɪn/

skin noun (BODY COVER)

[C/U] the ​naturalouterlayer that ​covers a ​person or ​animal: [C] leopard skins [U] He had ​dark, ​leathery skin.


[C] the ​outercovering of some ​fruits and ​vegetables: potato skins

skin noun (SURFACE)

[C/U] a ​thin, ​solidsurface: [C] Those ​airplanes have ​titanium skins to ​survive the ​heat.

skinverb [T]

 us   /skɪn/ (-nn-)

skin verb [T] (REMOVE BODY COVER)

to ​remove skin from an ​animal, or to ​rub skin off a ​part of the ​body: Bridget ​fell off her ​bike and skinned her ​knee.
(Definition of skin from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"skin" in British English

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uk   us   /skɪn/


B1 [C or U] the ​naturalouterlayer that ​covers a ​person, ​animal, ​fruit, etc.: dark/​fair/​pale/​tanned skin skin ​cancer Babies have ​soft skins. a ​banana/​potato skinB1 [C or U] the skin of an ​animal that has been ​removed from the ​body, with or without the ​hair or ​fur: Native Americans used to ​trade skins . a ​rug made from the skin of a ​lion
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skin noun (OUTER COVERING)

[C or U] any ​outercovering: The ​bulletpierced the skin of the ​aircraft.

skin noun (LIQUID)

[S] a ​thinsurface that ​forms on some ​liquids, such as ​paint, when they are ​left in the ​air, or ​others, such as ​heatedmilk, when they are ​left to ​cool

skin noun (COMPUTER)

[C] specialized internet & telecoms the ​pictures, ​designs, ​colours, etc. that ​appear on the ​screen of a ​mobilephone or other ​device and can be ​changed by the ​user: Many ​electronicdeviceslet you ​createyour own skins.
drenched/soaked/wet to the skin extremelywet: We had no ​umbrellas so we got ​soaked to the skin in the ​pouringrain.
thin/thick skin easily/not ​easilyupset by ​criticism: I don't ​worry about what he says - I have a very ​thick skin.
suffix uk   us   /-skɪn/
He was ​wearing an ​oldsheepskincoat.
suffix uk   us   /-d/

skinverb [T]

uk   us   /skɪn/ (-nn-)
to ​remove the skin of something: The ​hunters skinned the ​deer they had ​killed. I skinned my ​knee (= ​hurt my ​knee by ​rubbing skin off it) when I ​fell down the ​steps.
(Definition of skin from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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