In golf, a skull is a shot that doesn't hit the face of the golf club as desired. The ball hits the leading edge of the club, causing it to go much lower and hotter than desired. A skulled shot with a 8-iron or longer will go short; skulled shots hit with a 9-iron or shorter will go long if otherwise well-struck.

English archaeologists
found it at an isolated
forest site, nestled neatly
inside the skeleton’s
hip cavity -
deliberately decapitated,
says the Herald.

His lonely bones, bleached and bare,
allow us a lunch-hour’s conversation,
the newspaper
between us,
half a world,
half a day away.

His end, its brutality
desiccated, stripped and
cleansed by time and distance,
too long , too far for understanding of reasons
or allocation of blame,
distracts us from
the smaller, fresher violences
that injure our days:
this month’s argument
as empty-headed as any ancient skull,
my mobile bill,
his pointless overtime,
or last night’s soup bones,
shredded flesh stripped away,
burning to the pan,
a hiss of recrimination.

Part of the Anatomy Project

Skull (?), n. [See School a multitude.]

A school, company, or shoal.


A knavish skull of boys and girls did pelt at him.


These fishes enter in great flotes and skulls. Holland.


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Skull, n. [OE. skulle, sculle, scolle; akin to Scot. skull, skoll, a bowl, Sw. skalle skull, skal a shell, and E. scale; cf. G. hirnschale, Dan. hierneskal. Cf. Scale of a balance.]

1. Anat.

The skeleton of the head of a vertebrate animal, including the brain case, or cranium, and the bones and cartilages of the face and mouth. See Illusts. of Carnivora, of Facial angles under Facial, and of Skeleton, in Appendix.

⇒ In many fishes the skull is almost wholly cartilaginous but in the higher vertebrates it is more or less completely ossified, several bones are developed in the face, and the cranium is made up, wholly or partially, of bony plates arranged in three segments, the frontal, parietal, and occipital, and usually closely united in the adult.


The head or brain; the seat of intelligence; mind.

Skulls that can not teach, and will not learn. Cowper.


A covering for the head; a skullcap.

[Obs. & R.]

Let me put on my skull first. Beau & Fl.


A sort of oar. See Scull.

Skull and crossbones, a symbol of death. See Crossbones.


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