Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The bony or cartilaginous framework that encloses and protects the brain and sense organs of all vertebrates and of one group of nonvertebrates (the hagfishes); cranium.
  • noun Informal The head, regarded as the seat of thought or intelligence.
  • noun A death's-head.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of school.
  • noun See scull.
  • noun The trade-name for the anterior plate of the carapace of the hawk's-bill turtle, which yields the tortoise-shell of commerce.
  • noun The common skua, Megalestris skua. Also scull.
  • noun A bowl; a bowl to hold liquor; a goblet.
  • noun The cranium; the skeleton of the head; the bony or cartilaginous framework of the head, containing the brain and supporting the face.
  • noun The head as the seat of intelligence; the sconce or noddle: generally used disparagingly.
  • noun In armor, that part of a head-piece which covers the crown or the head, especially in the head-pieces made up of many parts, such as the armet. See cut under secret.
  • noun A large shallow basket without a bow-handle, used for carrying fruit, potatoes, fish, etc.
  • noun In metallurgy, the crust which is formed by the cooling of a metal upon the sides of a ladle or any vessel used for containing or conveying it in a molten condition.

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

  • noun obsolete A school, company, or shoal.
  • noun (Anat.) The skeleton of the head of a vertebrate animal, including the brain case, or cranium, and the bones and cartilages of the face and mouth. See Illusts. of carnivora, of Facial angles under facial, and of Skeleton, in Appendix.
  • noun The head or brain; the seat of intelligence; mind.
  • noun Obs. & R. A covering for the head; a skullcap.
  • noun A sort of oar. See Scull.
  • noun a symbol of death. See Crossbones.

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

  • noun anatomy The main bones of the head considered as a unit; the cranium.
  • noun A symbol for death; death's-head
  • verb To hit in the head with a fist, a weapon, or a thrown object.

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

  • noun the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English sculle, probably of Scandinavian origin.]

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  • To hit a golf shot, particularly a close-in to the green shot, somewhat toward the golf ball's center and thus well over the green. Always accompanied by a huge degree of self-disgust, despair and the certain feeling of an impending "high number" for the hole. See (chilly-dip).

    May 9, 2008