Cars & Driving

  • noun the outer covering surface of a vehicle


  • noun a piece of software that changes the appearance of images produced by existing software without changing their function
  • noun the changed image that is produced by a piece of skin software
  • verb to change the appearance of images produced by existing software, without changing their function


  • The materials, such as steel, aluminum and/or glass that make up a curtain wall.
  • The outer veneer or ply of a lamination or built-up piece.
  • The thin face of a hollow-core door.
  • A tough layer formed on the surface of paint in a container.
  • A dense layer on the surface of a cellular material.


  • The outer protective covering of an animal, fruit or vegetable
  • The hard dryish film which forms on top of soups, sauces and jams when cooled and left. Prevented by using a cartouche or other means to avoid evaporation.


  • noun the tissue which forms the outside surface of the body


  • noun a cigarette rolling paper, as part of the makings of a joint. A word from the lexicon of drug users since the 1960s, now occasionally heard to describe cigarette papers put to more legitimate use.
  • noun a dollar bill
  • verb to rob or defraud, rip off or ‘fleece’ someone. The word implies comprehensive and efficient removal of wealth.


  • noun the outer surface of fruit, vegetable or meat

Origin & History of “skin”

The ancestral English word for ‘skin’ is hide. Skin was borrowed at the end of the Old English period from Old Norse skinn (source of Swedish skin and Danish skind). The etymological notion underlying the word is of ‘peeling’ or ‘slicing’ off an outer layer (it goes back ultimately to a prehistoric Indo-European base *sken- ‘cut off’, which was an extension of *sek- ‘cut’, source of English section, sector, sickle, etc), and so it presumably referred originally to the pelts removed from hunted animals.