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Meaning of SKEIN

Pronunciation:  skeyn

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  coils of worsted yarn

SKEIN is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: hank



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Skein\, n. [OE. skeyne, OF. escaigne, F. ['e]cagne,
    probably of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. sgainne, Gael. sgeinnidh
    thread, small twine; or perhaps the English word is
    immediately from Celtic.]
    1. A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together,
       after it is taken from the reel, -- usually tied in a sort
       of knot.
    Note: A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the
          thread round a fifty-four inch reel.
    2. (Wagon Making) A metallic strengthening band or thimble on
       the wooden arm of an axle. --Knight.
  2. \Skein\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    A flight of wild fowl (wild geese or the like). [Prov. Eng.]