Part of speech: noun

A fixed quantity of yarn or thread, doubled and knotted.

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Usage examples "skein":

  1. Straight uprose from her wheel the beautiful Puritan maiden, Pleased with the praise of her thrift from him whose praise was the sweetest, Drew from the reel on the table a snowy skein of her spinning, Thus making answer, meanwhile, to the flattering phrases of Alden: " Come, you must not be idle; if I am a pattern for housewives, Show yourself equally worthy of being the model of husbands. - "The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  2. As she did so, Mr. Beamish observed a thick silken skein dangling from one hand. - "The Short Works of George Meredith", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
  3. One, a skein of pink silk with which she had been working, he held in his hand a moment, and, suddenly, put in his pocket. - "Delia Blanchflower", Mrs. Humphry Ward.