Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A strong material made for women's underskirts; especially, a material woven in pieces of the right length and width for skirts, and sometimes shaped so as to diminish waste and the labor of making. Felt, woolen, and other materials are manufactured in this form.
  • noun Same as skirting-board.
  • noun In a saddle, a padded lining beneath the flaps.
  • noun plural In sheep-shearing, the inferior parts of the wool taken from the extremities.
  • noun Same as skirt, 8.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.), rare A skirting board.
  • noun Skirts, taken collectivelly; material for skirts.
  • noun the board running around a room on the wall next the floor; baseboard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of skirt.
  • noun skirting board
  • noun skirts collectively; material for skirts

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being all around the edges; enclosing

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Examples

  • He fared on days and nights over the Second Sea, till he came to a great mountain skirting which ran a Wady without end, the stones whereof were magnetic iron and its beasts, lions and hares and panthers.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • They say that on the way to Trinkitat several of them were passed, and great care had to be taken in skirting alongside.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • Even if you're not old enough to remember The Jetsons cartoons or Doc Brown's flying DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies, the idea of skirting above the rooftops in your very own aerial sedan is still mighty appealing.

    Flying Car Dreams Take Off--Again

  • Even if you're not old enough to remember The Jetsons cartoons or Doc Brown's flying DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies, the idea of skirting above the rooftops in your very own aerial sedan is still mighty appealing.

    Flying Car Dreams Take Off--Again

  • On reaching the lane I have so often described as skirting the gardens of the old Hall, I noticed, through the palisades, a person, probably one of the gardeners, sauntering along Lady Robert's favourite yew-walk.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV.

  • I happened one day to pass along the lane I have described as skirting the garden of the manor-house, on my way homewards to my farm; and on plunging my eyes, as usual, into the verdant depths of the clipped yew-walks, visible through the iron-palisades, was struck by the contrast afforded to the scene I had just witnessed, not only by its aristocratic tranquillity, but by the grave and subdued deportment of

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV.

  • Whether or not that's true, this kind of skirting of the line on race makes GOP establishment figures very nervous these days.

    Does Haley Barbour have a "bubba" problem?

  • This is kind of skirting, maybe the Turner Field area on southward where the greatest threat of this storm is right now.

    CNN Transcript Mar 15, 2008

  • In fact, as we take a closer look at that area, you'll see the rain kind of skirting the region, skirting Lake County at this time.

    CNN Transcript Feb 3, 2007

  • Just as she said now she said she's willing to engage directly in Iran and primary voters are really looking for someone that isn't trying to cruise on their laurels and they want to know where she stands on the issues and she's kind of skirting some of those issues.

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2007

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