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

  • n. The bony or cartilaginous framework of the head of vertebrates, made up of the bones of the braincase and face; cranium.
  • n. Informal The head, regarded as the seat of thought or intelligence: Use your skull and solve the problem.
  • n. A death's-head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A school, company, or shoal.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The head or brain; the seat of intelligence; mind.
  • n. A covering for the head; a skullcap.
  • n. A sort of oar. See Scull.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bowl; a bowl to hold liquor; a goblet.
  • n. The cranium; the skeleton of the head; the bony or cartilaginous framework of the head, containing the brain and supporting the face.
  • n. The head as the seat of intelligence; the sconce or noddle: generally used disparagingly.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A large shallow basket without a bow-handle, used for carrying fruit, potatoes, fish, etc.
  • n. 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.
  • n. See scull.
  • n. An obsolete form of school.
  • n. The common skua, Megalestris skua. Also scull.
  • n. The trade-name for the anterior plate of the carapace of the hawk's-bill turtle, which yields the tortoise-shell of commerce.

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

  • n. the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates


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

Middle English skulle, 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