Skiff caterpillar(Zoöl.), the larva of a moth (Limacodes scapha); — so called from its peculiar shape.

(Skiff), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skiffed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Skiffing.] To navigate in a skiff. [R.]

(Skif"fling) n. (Quarrying) Rough dressing by knocking off knobs or projections; knobbing.

(Skil"der) v. i. To beg; to pilfer; to skelder. [Prov. Eng.& Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

(Skil"ful) a. See Skilful.

(Skill) n. [Icel. skil a distinction, discernment; akin to skilja to separate, divide, distinguish, Sw. skilja,. skille to separate, skiel reason, right, justice, Sw. skäl reason, Lith. skelli to cleave. Cf. Shell, Shoal, a multitude.]

Skewbald to Skinker

(Skew"bald`) a. Marked with spots and patches of white and some color other than black; — usually distinguished from piebald, in which the colors are properly white and black. Said of horses.

(Skew"er) n. [Probably of Scand, origin; cf. Sw. & Dan. skifer a slate. Cf. Shuver a fragment.] A pin of wood or metal for fastening meat to a spit, or for keeping it in form while roasting.

Meat well stuck with skewers to make it look round.

(Skew"er), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skewered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Skewering.] To fasten with skewers.

(Skid) n. [Icel. skið a billet of wood. See Shide.] [Written also skeed.]

1. A shoe or clog, as of iron, attached to a chain, and placed under the wheel of a wagon to prevent its turning when descending a steep hill; a drag; a skidpan; also, by extension, a hook attached to a chain, and used for the same purpose.

2. A piece of timber used as a support, or to receive pressure. Specifically: (a) pl. (Naut.) Large fenders hung over a vessel's side to protect it in handling a cargo. Totten. (b) One of a pair of timbers or bars, usually arranged so as to form an inclined plane, as form a wagon to a door, along which anything is moved by sliding or rolling. (c) One of a pair of horizontal rails or timbers for supporting anything, as a boat, a barrel, etc.

(Skid), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skidded ; p. pr. & vb. n. Skidding.]

1. To protect or support with a skid or skids; also, to cause to move on skids.

2. To check with a skid, as wagon wheels. Dickens.

(Skid"daw`) n. (Zoöl.) The black guillemot. [Prov. Eng.]

(Skid"pan`) n. See Skid, n., 1. [Eng.]

(Skied) imp. & p. p. of Sky, v. t.

(Ski"ey) a. See Skyey. Shelley.

(Skiff) n. [F. esquif, fr. OHG. skif, G. schiff. See Ship.] A small, light boat.

The pilot of some small night-foundered skiff.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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