WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
skirt•ing  (skûrting),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Textilesfabric for making skirts.
  2. TextilesOften,  skirtings. low-grade wool and foreign matter removed from the outer edges of fleece.
  3. British TermsAlso called  skirting board′. baseboard (def. 1).
  • skirt + -ing1 1680–90

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
skirt /skɜrt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Clothingthe part of a gown, dress, etc., that hangs downward from the waist.
  2. Clothinga one-piece garment hanging downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn esp. by women and girls.
  3. some part resembling the skirt of a garment, as on furniture.
  4. Slang Terms, Sex and Gender(usually offensive). a woman or girl.

v. 
  1. to lie along the border of:[+ object]The hills skirt the town.
  2. to pass along the edge of (something): [+ object]Traffic skirts the monument.[no object]to skirt around the rioting crowd.
  3. to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something controversial, risky, etc.):[+ object]tried to skirt the issue.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
skirt  (skûrt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Clothingthe part of a gown, dress, slip, or coat that extends downward from the waist.
  2. Clothinga one-piece garment extending downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn esp. by women and girls.
  3. 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.
  4. a small leather flap on each side of a saddle, covering the metal bar from which the stirrup hangs. See diag. under  saddle. 
  5. Building
    • baseboard (def. 1).
    • apron (def. 13).
  6. 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.
  7. Usually,  skirts. the bordering, marginal, or outlying part of a place, group, etc.;
    the outskirts.
  8. Slang Terms, Sex and Gender(disparaging and offensive). a woman or girl.
  9. Rocketryan outer part of a rocket or missile that provides structural support or houses such systems as avionics or gyroscopes.

v.t. 
  1. to lie on or along the border of:The hills skirt the town.
  2. to border, wrap, or cover with a skirt or something suggesting a skirt in appearance or function.
  3. to pass along or around the border or edge of:Traffic skirts the town.
  4. to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something that is controversial, risky, etc.):The senator skirted the issue.
  5. to remove low-grade wool and foreign matter from (the outer edge of fleece).

v.i. 
  1. to be or lie on or along the edge of something.
  2. to move along or around the border of something.
skirtless, adj. 
skirtlike′, adj. 
  • Old Norse skyrta shirt
  • Middle English skirte 1250–1300
    • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged evade, shun, circle, bypass.


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skirting /ˈskɜːtɪŋ/ n
  1. a border, esp of wood or tiles, fixed round the base of an interior wall to protect it from kicks, dirt, etc
  2. material used or suitable for skirts



skirt /skɜːt/ n
  1. a garment hanging from the waist, worn chiefly by women and girls
  2. the part of a dress below the waist

  3. Also called: apron a frieze or circular flap, as round the base of a hovercraft
  4. the flaps on a saddle that protect a rider's legs
  5. Brit a cut of beef from the flank
  6. (often plural) a margin or outlying area
  7. bit of skirtslang a girl or woman
vb
  1. (transitive) to form the edge of
  2. (transitive) to provide with a border
  3. when intr, followed by around, along, etc: to pass (by) or be situated (near) the outer edge of (an area, etc)
  4. (transitive) to avoid (a difficulty, etc): he skirted the issue
  5. chiefly Austral NZ to remove the trimmings or inferior wool from (a fleece)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse skyrta shirt

ˈskirted adj



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