a long pin of wood or metal for inserting through meat or other food to hold or bind it in cooking.
any similar pin for fastening or holding an item in place.
verb (used with object)
to fasten with or as if with a skewer.

1670–80; earlier skiver < ?

unskewered, adjective

skew, skewer. Unabridged


verb (used without object)
to turn aside or swerve; take an oblique course.
to look obliquely; squint.
verb (used with object)
to give an oblique direction to; shape, form, or cut obliquely.
Slang. to make conform to a specific concept, attitude, or planned result; slant: The television show is skewed to the young teenager.
to distort; depict unfairly.
having an oblique direction or position; slanting.
having a part that deviates from a straight line, right angle, etc.: skew gearing.
Mathematics. (of a dyad or dyadic) equal to the negative of its conjugate.
(of an arch, bridge, etc.) having the centerline of its opening forming an oblique angle with the direction in which its spanning structure is built.
Statistics. (of a distribution) having skewness.
an oblique movement, direction, or position.
Also called skew chisel. a wood chisel having a cutting edge set obliquely.

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English skewen to slip away, swerve < Middle Dutch schuwen to get out of the way, shun, derivative of schu (Dutch schuw) shy1; (adj.) derivative of the v. (probably influenced by askew); (noun) derivative of the v. and adj.

unskewed, adjective

skew, skewer. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
skew (skjuː)
1.  placed in or turning into an oblique position or course
2.  machinery having a component that is at an angle to the main axis of an assembly or is in some other way asymmetrical: a skew bevel gear
3.  maths
 a.  composed of or being elements that are neither parallel nor intersecting as, for example, two lines not lying in the same plane in a three-dimensional space
 b.  (of a curve) not lying in a plane
4.  (of a statistical distribution) not having equal probabilities above and below the mean; non-normal
5.  distorted or biased
6.  an oblique, slanting, or indirect course or position
7.  psychol the system of relationships in a family in which one parent is extremely dominating while the other parent tends to be meekly compliant
8.  to take or cause to take an oblique course or direction
9.  (intr) to look sideways; squint
10.  (tr) to place at an angle
11.  (tr) to distort or bias
[C14: from Old Norman French escuer to shun, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch schuwen to avoid]

skewer (ˈskjʊə)
1.  a long pin for holding meat in position while being cooked, etc
2.  a similar pin having some other function
3.  chess a tactical manoeuvre in which an attacked man is made to move and expose another man to capture
4.  (tr) to drive a skewer through or fasten with a skewer
[C17: probably from dialect skiver]

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Word Origin & History

c.1470, from O.N.Fr. eskiuer "shy away from, avoid," O.Fr. eschiver (see eschew). Meaning "depict unfairly" first recorded 1872, on notion of being slanted. Statistical sense dates from 1929. The adj. meaning "slanting, turned to one side" is recorded from 1609; noun meaning
"slant, deviation" first attested 1688.

1679, variant of skiver (1664), perhaps from O.N. skifa "disk, cut, slice," related to shiver (n.). The verb is attested from 1701, from the noun.
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Science Dictionary
skew   (sky)  Pronunciation Key 
A transformation of coordinates in which one coordinate is displaced in one direction in proportion to its distance from a coordinate plane or axis. A rectangle, for example, that undergoes skew is transformed into a parallelogram. Also called shear.
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Most of these people don't know you at all or the people your are attempting to
If the prof can skewer me with his rapier red pen, so be it.
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