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skirting

[skur-ting] /ˈskɜr tɪŋ/
noun
1.
fabric for making skirts.
2.
Often, skirtings. low-grade wool and foreign matter removed from the outer edges of fleece.
3.
Also called skirting board. British, baseboard (def 1).
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; skirt + -ing1

skirt

[skurt] /skɜrt/
noun
1.
the part of a gown, dress, slip, or coat that extends downward from the waist.
2.
a one-piece garment extending downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn especially 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.
5.
Building Trades.
  1. baseboard (def 1).
  2. apron (def 13).
6.
Also called apron. Furniture.
  1. a flat horizontal brace set immediately beneath the seat of a chair, chest of drawers, or the like, to strengthen the legs.
  2. 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.
Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a woman or girl: to chase some skirt;
a skirt chaser.
9.
Rocketry. an outer part of a rocket or missile that provides structural support or houses such systems as avionics or gyroscopes.
verb (used with object)
10.
to lie on or along the border of:
The hills skirt the town.
11.
to border, wrap, or cover with a skirt or something suggesting a skirt in appearance or function.
12.
to pass along or around the border or edge of:
Traffic skirts the town.
13.
to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something that is controversial, risky, etc.):
The senator skirted the issue.
14.
to remove low-grade wool and foreign matter from (the outer edge of fleece).
verb (used without object)
15.
to be or lie on or along the edge of something.
16.
to move along or around the border of something.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English skirte < Old Norse skyrta shirt
Related forms
skirtless, adjective
skirtlike, adjective
unskirted, adjective
Synonyms
13. evade, shun, circle, bypass.
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  • Leave by skirting the westernmost edge of the park and walking south along its border.
  • Installing skirting of any kind, decorative or load-bearing.
  • Includes the connection to permanent utilities and placement of skirting and landing decks required by this ordinance.
  • Materials for skirting shall be those generally used for skirting purposes.
  • At that time there were concerns about the skirting or underpinning requirement.
British Dictionary definitions for skirting

skirting

/ˈskɜːtɪŋ/
noun
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/
noun
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 pl) a margin or outlying area
7.
(NZ) the lower part of a sheep's fleece
8.
(slang) bit of skirt, a girl or woman
verb
9.
(transitive) to form the edge of
10.
(transitive) to provide with a border
11.
when intr, foll by around, along, etc. to pass (by) or be situated (near) the outer edge of (an area, etc)
12.
(transitive) to avoid (a difficulty, etc): he skirted the issue
13.
(mainly Austral & NZ) to remove the trimmings or inferior wool from (a fleece)
Derived Forms
skirted, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse skyrtashirt
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Word Origin and History for skirting

skirt

n.

early 14c., "lower part of a woman's dress," from Old Norse skyrta "shirt, a kind of kirtle;" see shirt. Sense development from "shirt" to "skirt" is possibly related to the long shirts of peasant garb (cf. Low German cognate Schört, in some dialects "woman's gown"). Sense of "border, edge" (in outskirts, etc.) first recorded late 15c. Metonymic use for "women collectively" is from 1550s; slang sense of "young woman" is from 1906; skirt-chaser first attested 1942.

v.

c.1600, "to border, form the edge of," from skirt (n.). Meaning "to pass along the edge" is from 1620s. Related: Skirted; skirting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for skirting

skipper

noun
  1. The captain of a ship or boat (1390+ Nautical)
  2. Any commanding officer; the OLD MAN (1906+ Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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