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  • A nun is on her knees before a man in a short flared skirt
    A nun is on her knees before a man in a short flared skirt
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v skirt avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) "He dodged the issue","she skirted the problem","They tend to evade their responsibilities","he evaded the questions skillfully"
    • v skirt extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle "The forest surrounds my property"
    • v skirt pass around or about; move along the border "The boat skirted the coast"
    • v skirt form the edge of
    • n skirt a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
    • n skirt cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist
    • n skirt informal terms for a (young) woman
    • n skirt (Fungi) a remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the stem like a collar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st performance of Handel's "Messiah" was on April 13, 1742 at the New Music rooms in Fishamble St., Dublin. Because of the demand for space, the men were asked not to wear their swords and the ladies not to wear hooped skirts.
    • Skirt A loose edging to any part of a dress. "A narrow lace, or a small skirt of ruffled linen, which runs along the upper part of the stays before, and crosses the breast, being a part of the tucker, is called the modesty piece."
    • Skirt A petticoat. "A child in coats ."
    • Skirt Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything "Here in the skirts of the forest."
    • Skirt The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals.
    • Skirt The lower and loose part of a coat, dress, or other like garment; the part below the waist; as, the skirt of a coat, a dress, or a mantle.
    • v. t Skirt To be on the border; to live near the border, or extremity. "Savages . . . who skirt along our western frontiers."
    • Skirt To border; to form the border or edge of; to run along the edge of; as, the plain was skirted by rows of trees. "When sundown skirts the moor."
    • Skirt To cover with a skirt; to surround. "Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skirt The lower and hanging part of a coat or other garment; the part of a garment below the waist.
    • n skirt A woman's petticoat; the part of a woman's dress that hangs from the waist; formerly, a woman's lap.
    • n skirt A hanging part, loose from the rest: as, the skirt of a saddle. See cut under saddle.
    • n skirt A narrow frill, corresponding to what would now be called a ruffle.
    • n skirt Border; edge; margin; extreme part: as, the skirts of a town.
    • n skirt In milling, the margin of a millstone.
    • n skirt Milit., same as base, 2.
    • n skirt The midriff or diaphragm: so called from its appearance, as seen in butchers' meat. Also skirting.
    • skirt To border; form the border or edge of; move along the edge of.
    • skirt To be or live on the border; also, to move along a border, shore, or edge.
    • skirt Specifically, in hunting, to go round hedges and gates instead of jumping over or breaking through: said of a man or dog.
    • skirt A dialectal form of squirt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Skirt skėrt the part of a garment below the waist: a woman's garment like a petticoat: the edge of any part of the dress: border: margin: extreme part
    • v.t Skirt to border: to form the edge of
    • v.i Skirt to be on the border: to live near the extremity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. skyrt, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skyrta, a shirt, Sw. skört, a skirt, skjorta, a shirt. See Shirt


In literature:

She wore a waist and skirt of dead black with a little old fashioned black bonnet.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Mollie nearly pitched out of the wagon in her excitement, but Grace and Miss Sallie clutched at her skirts in time.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
He leaped past the cook, who held her wide skirts out as if to catch him in a net.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
That part of the skirts of a sail cut on the bias, where it gradually widens from the upper part down to the clues.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Ma, according to Lily, seemed ashamed of her, dressed her badly: an odd skirt here, an odd frock there, of a cheap make.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Apron skirt open for mounting 97 56.
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
Then he looked down and saw a white face upon the floor, and the flowered bodice and smart skirt of the peasant girl.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
This sun ain't a-goin' to dry yo' skirt.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
She discovered a mud-smear on the side of her skirt, and a shoe-button was gone.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Mis' Uppers thought, rocking a little and running a pin in and out of a fold of her skirt.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Yezd is a large and populous town on the skirts of a desert of sand.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Most of the other men had proceeded by a dangerous way skirting the glacier.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
I should ruin a skirt.
"A Woman's Will" by Anne Warner
The girls had dark red merino skirts, with kimono waists of some dark stuff.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Calista enjoyed the water like a sleek creature of two elements; her white skirts crackled and flared; her hair hid her waist.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
He descended, but turned to the left, finding a rude road which skirted the base of the eastern range.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Women wept, and children clung whimpering to their skirts.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Making a wide detour around the white cottage, she struck into a faint track skirting the upper fields.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Catherine lifted her nose in dainty scorn, and her skirts in private apprehension.
"The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted" by Katharine Ellis Barrett
When she was put down in the clear space she lifted her skirts as she had done for him and danced.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser

In poetry:

In little games
My hand had slipped her mantle,
I am not sure
About her skirts.
"An Escape" by Edward Powys Mathers
Rode into a valley,
Turning from the mound,
Galloped through a meadow,
Skirted higher ground;
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
The smoke, above the glimmering woodland wide
That skirts our southward border in its beauty,
Marked where our heroes stood and fought and died
For love and faith and duty.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
For these I loved you well,—and yet
Could neither you nor I forget,
But spent we soberly
The autumn days, that lay between
The skirts of glory that had been,
Of glory that should be.
"To --" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
I dream of uplands, where the primrose shines
And waves her yellow lamps above the lea;
Of tangled copses, swung with trailing vines;
Of open vistas, skirted with tall pines,
Where green fields wait for me.
"A Summer Longing" by George Arnold
Somethin' or someone - I don't rightly know;
But, seems to me, I'm kind er lookin' for
A tart I knoo a 'undred years ago,
Or, maybe, more.
Wot's this I've 'eard them call that thing?… Geewhizz!
Me ideel bit o' skirt! That's wot it is!
"A Spring Song" by C J Dennis

In news:

Author's survival tips for women: All you need are 'Three Black Skirts'.
Jasmijn Rijcken was told her short skirt was "dangerous" by… (DAILY NEWS STAFF ).
I love the Chanel-with-a-twist vibe of the tweed skirt, with its fluorescent thread details, bejeweled waistband, and tasseled zipper.
Crew skirt, Liz Claiborne print cardigan and a Moschino brooch.
But those Roxannes and Lolitas and whoever else are also known to wear skirts.
KENZO A hidden tiger sweatshirt and animal print skirt.
Because this management consultant knows how to work a peplum skirt.
This youth-theater version of the classic Grimm's fairytale offers a twist, as it finds the protagonist accompanied by a chorus decked out in poodle skirts and singing doo-wop.
Lollipop Chainsaw dawns on the morning of Juliet Starling's 18th birthday, and thank goodness for that, because the game will soon force you to look up her skirt in several unskippable cutscenes.
Jackson Hole, Wyo.-"Let's Party," declares a hot girl in a blue skirt, matching bikini top and black tights.
At least they won't have to wear skirts .
Gil Elvgren's ' Skirting the Issue' pin-up art sells for $176,500.
Over the years, PACs from both parties have moved funds from one county to another, a practice called wheeling, to skirt pay-to-play laws and campaign contribution limits.
Obama warns China against ' skirting the rules'.
Obama Warns China Against ' Skirting The Rules'.

In science:

Now, quantum coherence in the set of elements on the affected front could help skirt frustrations in local minima as can happen in a classical search.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
In fact, given that the radio jet preserves its N-S direction down to parsec scales (Mundell et al. 2000), the emission line feature probably skirts the main radio jet, rather than being fully cospatial with it.
The Nuclear Outflow in NGC 2110
Its geometry indicates that it is not aligned along the radio jet, but possibly skirts the main jet flow.
The Nuclear Outflow in NGC 2110
Normal gE ) is too compact to lose much of its outer skirt of light below the sky so that it is only dimmed by distance, Cosmology, and the Tolman (1 + z )−2 effect.
The galaxy ancestor problem
The gap between the bottom of the sidepods and the ground was sealed by so-called ‘skirts’.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
Next we taped card skirts to seal the gap between the edge of the side pods and the ground, leaving only approximately 1mm (0.04in) gap.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
In addition, the lower trailing edge of a bargeboard creates a vortex which travels down the outer lower edge of the sidepod, acting as a surrogate skirt, helping to seal the lower pressure area under the car.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
These are topics typically skirted in publications as being well-established, but my experience is that they are not generally well understood.
Using the Wigner-Ibach Surmise to Analyze Terrace-Width Distributions: History, User's Guide, and Advances
This disk is sometimes called the “equatorial disk” or “equatorial skirt”, though it’s not clear what equator is referred to, although it seems a pretty good bet that it’s the rotational equator of η Carinae A.
Eta Car and Its Surroundings: the X-ray Diagnosis
These are American-A scahllops, like the ones on edges of skirts.
Astrophysics in 2006
And Anna Russell, of course, described two lectures on (a) how to make patchwork quilts from old skirts and (b) how to make skirts from old patchwork quilts.
Astrophysics in 2006
The IMF structure can be explained fairly well by the so-called “ballerina skirt” model assuming a rotating dipole in the Sun (Schultz 1973 ; Saito 1975 ; Svalgaad & Wilcox 1978), though direct evidence for the presence of such rotating dipole has not been obtained yet.
A study of the shadowing of galactic cosmic rays by the sun in a quiet phase of solar activity with the Tibet air shower array
Now, for time like geodesics (L = 1), s is the proper time and hence an observer falling with time like particle also skirts the physical singularity at r = 0 by asymptotically grazing the critical radius at r = q(D).
Wormhole and C-field
There is a slow, ∼ 100 km s−1, equatorial outflow in η Car (Zethson et al. 1999), called the skirt.
Comparing Eta Carinae with the Red Rectangle
Now, for time like geodesics ( L = 1 ), s is the proper time and hence an observer falling with time like particle also skirts the physical singularity at r = 0 by asymptotically grazing the critical radius at r = [ D / (1 – 8πGη 2 )] ½.
A study of global monopole in Lyra geometry