Pronunciation Noun

skull (plural skulls)

  1. (anatomy) The main bones of the head considered as a unit; including the cranium, facial bones, and mandible.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
      He was about to roar when, lying among the black sticks and straw under the cliff, he saw a whole skull—perhaps a cow's skull, a skull, perhaps, with the teeth in it. Sobbing, but absent-mindedly, he ran farther and farther away until he held the skull in his arms.
  2. A symbol for death; death's-head
  3. (figuratively) The mind or brain.
  4. A crust formed on the ladle, etc. by the partial cooling of molten metal.
  5. The crown of the headpiece in armour.
  6. (Scotland) A shallow bow-handled basket.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

skull (skulls, present participle skulling; past and past participle skulled)

  1. To hit in the head with a fist, a weapon, or a thrown object.
  2. (transitive, golf) To strike the top of (the ball).
    • 2002, Robert C. Knox, Golf Balls Are Female (page 148)
      Monte swung so hard at the next ball that he skulled it straight right, into the pond: 8 in, 9 out.

skull (plural skulls)

  1. Obsolete form of school#English|school (“a multitude”).
    • 1586, William Warner, Albion’s England:
      A knavish skull of boys and girls did pelt at him.
    • 1601, Philemon Holland (translator), Pliny the Elder (author), Natural History (Pliny), book IX ↗, chapter xv: “Of the names and natures of many fishes.”:
      These fishs, togither with the old Tunies and the young, called Pelamides, enter in great flotes and skulls, into the sea Pontus, for the sweet food that they there find: and every companie of them hath their fever all leaders and captaines; and before them all, the Maquerels lead the way; which, while they be in the water, have a colour of brimstone; but without, like they be to the rest.

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