Skein (?), n. [OE. skeyne, OF. escaigne, F. 'ecagne, probably of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. sgainne, Gael. sgeinnidh thread, small twine; or perhaps the English word is immediately from Celtic.]

1.

A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel, -- usually tied in a sort of knot.

⇒ A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel.

2. Wagon Making

A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.

Knight.

 

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Skein, n. Zool.

A flight of wild fowl (wild geese or the like).

[Prov. Eng.]

 

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