from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One, such as a cutting tool, that skives.
- n. A soft thin leather split off the outside of sheepskin and used for bookbinding.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who uses a skive (or skives).
- n. A slacker.
- n. A skewer.
- n. An inferior quality of leather, made of split sheepskin, tanned by immersion in sumac, and dyed, formerly used for hat linings, pocketbooks, bookbinding, etc.
- n. The cutting tool or machine used in splitting leather or skins.
- v. To skewer, impale.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inferior quality of leather, made of split sheepskin, tanned by immersion in sumac, and dyed. It is used for hat linings, pocketbooks, bookbinding, etc.
- n. The cutting tool or machine used in splitting leather or skins, as sheepskins.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To skewer; impale.
- To scatter; disperse; fly apart or in various directions, as a flock of birds.
- n. Same as skiving-knife.
- n. Leather split by the skiving-knife; a thin leather made of the grained side of split sheepskin tanned in sumac. It is used for cheap bindings for books, the lining of hats, pocket-books, etc. Compare skiving.
- n. In shoe manufacturing, a machine for cutting counters for shoes and for making rands; a leather-skiving machine.
- n. An old form of dirk.
- n. A skewer.
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(Oxford English Dictionary) [31.1] A skiver is a skewer onto which meat would be threaded for cooking.
The point is that even those of a "skiver" mentality who entered employment with the more enlightened companies quickly changed their attitude.
De niggers soon 'skiver' dat he wuz a Yankee, en dat he come down ter Norf C'lina fer ter learn de w'ite folks how to raise grapes en make wine.
"W'en Mars Marrabo 'skiver' dat Sandy wuz gone, he 'lowed Sandy had runned away.
The skiver of the year trophy goes to Gerry from TWN Construction, for surfing in Newquay while claiming to be stuck up a crane at the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium.
By the heyday of the binder's craft, the early to mid eighteenth century, two types of leather were recognized as the best: skiver, or lambskin, which was strong but so thin that it scarcely required any paring, and Moroccan goatskin, which was highly valued for its skiver-like characteristics combined with its delightful reddish color.
Objects from Sell Cave. a, Pestles or grinding stones; b, celt, pottery disks, paint stones, and skiver 46 17.
Bone and shell in small amounts were found here, and among them the skiver shown at d in plate 36.
A foot farther in was part of a skiver; and 2 feet beyond this was a large knife of white chert almost as clear and compact as chalcedony, shown at a in plate 27.
How I execrated that ill-starred jade, and the Dutch skiver, but for whom I might at this moment have been my own master.