1. the external covering or integument of an animal body, especially when soft and flexible.
  2. such an integument stripped from the body of an animal, especially a small animal; pelt: a beaver skin.
  3. the tanned or treated pelt or hide of an animal, especially when used in apparel and accessories; leather (usually used in combination): pigskin; calfskin.
  4. any integumentary covering, casing, outer coating, or surface layer, as an investing membrane, the rind or peel of fruit, or a film on liquid: a skin of thin ice; the aluminum skin of an airplane.
  5. Jewelry.
    1. the outermost layer of a pearl.
    2. the outermost layer of a diamond as found: often different in color and refraction from the inner part of the stone.
  6. Nautical.
    1. the shell or ceiling of a hull.
    2. the outer, exposed part of a furled sail.
  7. Metallurgy. an outer layer of a metal piece having characteristics differing from those of the interior.
  8. a container made of animal skin, used for holding liquids, especially wine.
  9. Slang. condom.
  10. skins, Slang. drums.
  11. Slang. a swindler; cheat.
  12. Slang. a skinflint.
  13. Slang. a horse.
  14. Slang. a dollar bill.
  15. Rocketry. the outer surface of a missile or rocket.

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