American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A length of thread or yarn wound in a loose long coil.
- n. Something suggesting the coil of a skein; a complex tangle: a twisted skein of lies.
- n. A flock of geese or similar birds in flight. See Synonyms at flock1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fixed length of any thread or yarn of silk, wool, linen, or cotton, doubled again and again and knotted. The weight of a skein is generally determined so that the number of skeins in a given quantity of thread can be estimated by the weight. Braid, binding, etc., are sometimes, though more rarely, sold in skeins.
- n. A flight or company: said of certain wild fowl, as geese or ducks.
- n. A shaved split of osier used in wickerwork.
- n. In a vehicle, the iron head or thimble upon the end of a wooden axletree, inclusive of the straps by which it is attached to the axle, and which, being set in recesses flush with the wood, afford hearing surfaces for the box in the hub.
- n. An obsolete form of skean.
- n. In cytology, same as spireme.
- To wind (yarn) into hanks of definite lengths other than the normal.
- n. A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel. A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel.
- n. figuratively A web, a weave, a tangle.
- n. wagonmaking A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.
- n. zoology, provincial England A group of wild fowl, (e.g. geese, goslings) when they are in flight.
- n. sports A winning streak.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. (Wagon Making) A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. A flight of wild fowl (wild geese or the like).
- n. coils of worsted yarn
- Old English skeyne, Old French escaigne, French écagne, probably of Celtic origin (Wiktionary)
- Middle English skeine, from Old French escaigne. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That's cuz the other skein is already in progress:”
“Each skein is 3 balls of Baby Ull. When I finish Susie's shawl, I'll see if I can use these for some of Cookie's socks.”
“I don’t know if you can tell, but the skein is almost * nothing* and I hope I don’t run out.”
“The diamond-shaped kite has no spool, but a funny shaped plastic handle, so you can wind the string in a skein, which is great for not tangling but awful for letting it spool out and go higher.”
“The $1.7 million skein, which is partially financed by Canal Plus, centers on a community of trees talking like teenagers and tackling teen issues.”
“Lucy Lawless and John Hannah will co-star in the untitled skein, with Whitfield making only”
“Untitled skein will be produced by Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment.”
“The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Gary Unmarried" and "Rules of Engagement" could each claim a spot in Wednesday's opening hour, with their chances perhaps determined by the compatability of a new show to pair with (perhaps Tad Quill's untitled skein or the untitled laffer from "How I Met Your Mother" mavens Carter Bays and Craig Thomas).”
“An untitled skein from writer Gay Walch and exec producer Burrad Marsh looks at a suburban mom whose husband has left town because he was in deep with the mob.”
“As written, it should work with just about any sock yarn and takes less than a 100g skein which is what they usually are.”
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