Etymology: skeyne, escaigne, écagne, probably of Celtic origin
- A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel. A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel.
- (italbrac-colon, Wagon Making) A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.
- (italbrac-colon, zoology, provincial England) A group of wild fowl, (e.g. goose, geese, goslings) when they are in flight.
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