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a. A length of thread or yarn wound in a loose long coil.
b. Something suggesting the coil of a skein; a complex tangle: a twisted skein of lies.
2. A flock of geese or similar birds in flight.
[Middle English skeine, from Old French escaigne.]
1. (Knitting & Sewing) a length of yarn, etc, wound in a long coil
2. something resembling this, such as a lock of hair
3. (Zoology) a flock of geese flying. Compare gaggle2
[C15: from Old French escaigne, of unknown origin]
1. a length of yarn or thread wound on a reel or swift preparatory for use in manufacturing.
a. a loose coil of thread or yarn in a package for retail sale.
b. anything wound in or resembling such a coil: a skein of hair.
3. something suggestive of the twistings of a skein.
4. a flock of geese, ducks, or the like, in flight.
5. a succession or series of similar or interrelated things: a skein of tennis victories.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French escaigne, of obscure orig.]
Skeina flight of wild fowl, duck, or geese; a quantity of yarn; thread or silk taken from the reel.
Examples: skein of geese (in flight)—Brewer; of wild geese, 1851; of human affairs, 1797; of shadowy hair, 1874; of policy, 1884; of state politics 1831; of silk, 1628; of thread, 1440; of wool; of worsted, 1704
The iron (or steel) conical-shaped part that fits over the end of the wooden wagon axle and acts as a bearing for the wheel.
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hank - a coil of rope or wool or yarn