American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The skull of a vertebrate.
- n. The portion of the skull enclosing the brain; the braincase.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The skull of a human being, or, as now-used, of any animal; the bones of the head, collectively. It is possessed by all vertebrates except the Acrania or Leptocardia, and by vertebrates only. It is supposed by some anatomists to be a series of modified vertebræ consisting of three or four segments, each a modified vertebra, and therefore serially homologous with the spinal column; by others it is supposed to be a distinct superaddition to the vertebræ, and therefore only analogous to the spinal column. In a broad sense the hyoid and branchial arches are a part of the cranium.
- n. More exactly, the brain-box; the bony case of the encephalon, as distinguished from those bones of the skull which support the face and jaws. See cranial.
- n. In entomology, the integument of an insect's head excluding the antennæ, eyes, and oral apparatus, and including the epicranium, gula, and occiput.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The skull of an animal; especially, that part of the skull, either cartilaginous or bony, which immediately incloses the brain; the brain case or brainpan. See skull.
- n. the part of the skull that encloses the brain
- From Medieval Latin crānium ("skull"), from Ancient Greek κρανίον (kranion, "skull"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English craneum, from Medieval Latin crānium, from Greek krānion; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Would SOMEBODY extract this guy's cranium from the deep, dark, haunts of his rectum?”
“The Hofmeyr cranium is consistent with the hypothesis that UP Eurasians descended from a population that emigrated from sub-Saharan Africa in the Late Pleistocene.”
“As her opponents have learned, infiltrating Sharapova's Fort Knox cranium is nearly impossible.”
“**** Dear megMooch – for the 100th time (I realize facts penetrating your cranium is something novel) but go back and see how EVERY re-count of FLORIDA came out.”
“Tony Snow was just a talking empty head at FOX News, so he has no idea how to answer questions since his cranium is filled with helium lol.”
“I can’t help it if that microscopic Ball Bearing inside of your cranium is incapable of comprehending it, but your inability to formulate a coherent argument does not deter from it’s relevence.”
“In that article, I observed that, while there are many indications that the film is a fabrication, the most important proof is the inconsistency between the impact damage to the cranium, which is the film's most stunning feature, showing brains and gore bulging out to JFK's right-front, and the medical evidence, which shows a massive defect at the back of his head just to the right of center.”
“The place where I bought mine—aka my cranium prosthesis—had actual names for all of their products.”
“Although there were hints, the croquet mallet to the cranium was a surprise.”
“Instead, they bounced harmlessly off my cranium, which is not equipped with a database that includes the definition of terms such as “Self-activated phone”.”
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