- a border, esp of wood or tiles, fixed round the base of an interior wall to protect it from kicks, dirt, etc
- material used or suitable for skirts
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- Textilesfabric for making skirts.
- TextilesOften, skirtings. low-grade wool and foreign matter removed from the outer edges of fleece.
- British TermsAlso called skirt′ing board′. baseboard (def. 1).
- skirt + -ing1 1680–90
- Clothingthe part of a gown, dress, etc., that hangs downward from the waist.
- Clothinga one-piece garment hanging downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn esp. by women and girls.
- some part resembling the skirt of a garment, as on furniture.
- Slang Terms, Sex and Gender(usually offensive). a woman or girl.
- to lie along the border of:[~ + object]The hills skirt the town.
- to pass along the edge of (something): [~ + object]Traffic skirts the monument.[no object]to skirt around the rioting crowd.
- to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something controversial, risky, etc.):[~ + object]tried to skirt the issue.
- Clothingthe part of a gown, dress, slip, or coat that extends downward from the waist.
- Clothinga one-piece garment extending downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn esp. by women and girls.
- some part resembling or suggesting the skirt of a garment, as the flared lip of a bell or a protective and ornamental cloth strip covering the legs of furniture.
- a small leather flap on each side of a saddle, covering the metal bar from which the stirrup hangs. See diag. under saddle.
- baseboard (def. 1).
- apron (def. 13).
- FurnitureAlso called apron.
- a flat horizontal brace set immediately beneath the seat of a chair, chest of drawers, or the like, to strengthen the legs.
- Also called bed, frieze. a flat brace or support immediately beneath a tabletop.
- Usually, skirts. the bordering, marginal, or outlying part of a place, group, etc.;
- Slang Terms, Sex and Gender(disparaging and offensive). a woman or girl.
- Rocketryan outer part of a rocket or missile that provides structural support or houses such systems as avionics or gyroscopes.
- to lie on or along the border of:The hills skirt the town.
- to border, wrap, or cover with a skirt or something suggesting a skirt in appearance or function.
- to pass along or around the border or edge of:Traffic skirts the town.
- to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something that is controversial, risky, etc.):The senator skirted the issue.
- to remove low-grade wool and foreign matter from (the outer edge of fleece).
- to be or lie on or along the edge of something.
- to move along or around the border of something.
- Old Norse skyrta shirt
- Middle English skirte 1250–1300
- 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged evade, shun, circle, bypass.
- a garment hanging from the waist, worn chiefly by women and girls
- the part of a dress below the waist
Also called: apron a frieze or circular flap, as round the base of a hovercraft
- the flaps on a saddle that protect a rider's legs
- Brit a cut of beef from the flank
- (often plural) a margin or outlying area
- bit of skirt ⇒ slang a girl or woman
- (transitive) to form the edge of
- (transitive) to provide with a border
- when intr, followed by around, along, etc: to pass (by) or be situated (near) the outer edge of (an area, etc)
- (transitive) to avoid (a difficulty, etc): he skirted the issue
- chiefly Austral NZ to remove the trimmings or inferior wool from (a fleece)