skein [skān]
[ME skeyn < MFr escaigne]
a) a quantity of thread or yarn wound in a coil
b) something like this, as a coil of hair
2. a flock of wild fowl
3. a sequence of events, esp. a series of games won or lost by a team [a 20-game winning skein]

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  • skein — [skeın] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: escaigne] 1.) a long loosely wound piece of thread, wool, or ↑yarn 2.) literary a complicated series of things that are related to each other = ↑web ▪ a skein of lies …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • skein — [ skeın ] noun count a long piece of wool that has been wound into a loose shape instead of a tight ball …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • skein — ► NOUN 1) a length of thread or yarn, loosely coiled and knotted. 2) a flock of wild geese or swans in flight. ORIGIN Old French escaigne …   English terms dictionary

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