Skin is the soft outer covering of vertebrates. Other animal coverings such as the arthropod exoskeleton have different developmental origin, structure and chemical composition. The adjective cutaneous means "of the skin" . In mammals, the skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system made up of multiple layers of ectodermal tissue, and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Skin of a different nature exists in amphibians, reptiles, and birds. All mammals have some hair on their skin, even marine mammals which appear to be hairless.

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  1. The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
    He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.
  2. The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
  3. The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
  4. A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
    In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you′ll have to remove the skin floating on top of it.
  5. A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
    You can use this skin to change how the browser looks.
  6. Rolling paper for cigarettes.
    Pass me a skin, mate.
  7. A subgroup of Australian aboriginal people; such divisions are cultural and not related to an individual′s physical skin.
  8. An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.
  9. Bare flesh, particularly bare breasts.
    Let me see a bit of skin.
  10. A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids.
  11. That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
  12. The covering, as of planking or iron plates, outside the framing, forming the sides and bottom of a vessel; the shell; also, a lining inside the framing.


  1. To injure the skin of.
    He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
  2. To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
  3. To high five.
  4. To apply a skin to (a computer program).
    Can I skin the application to put the picture of my cat on it?
  5. To use tricks to go past a defender.
  6. To become covered with skin.
    A wound eventually skins over.
  7. To cover with skin, or as if with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
  8. To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use cribs, memoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
  9. To strip of money or property; to cheat.

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