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Pronunciation: /skɪn/

Translation of skin in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (of person) piel (feminine); (esp of face; in terms of quality, condition) cutis (masculine), piel (feminine); (in terms of color) tez (feminine), piel (feminine) I can't wear wool next to my skin no puedo soportar la lana en contacto con la piel she has good/bad skin tiene muy buen/mal cutis his dark skin su tez or piel oscura they're sisters under the skin en el fondo son muy parecidas he really gets inside the skin of his characters se identifica totalmente con sus personajes by the skin of one's teeth por un pelo [colloquial/familiar], por los pelos [colloquial/familiar] she caught the plane by the skin of her teeth no perdió el avión por un pelo or por los pelos [colloquial/familiar] it's no skin off my nose a mí me trae sin cuidado, ¿a mí qué me importa? it's no skin off her nose o back if you don't see a doctor no es ella la que se perjudica si tú no vas al médico to be all skin and bones estar* hecho un esqueleto, estar* en los huesos to get under sb's skin [colloquial/familiar] crisparle los nervios a algn, sacar* a algn de quicio to have a thick skin ser* insensible a las críticas to have a thin skin ser* muy susceptible a las críticas to have sb under one's skin [colloquial/familiar] estar* loco por algn [colloquial/familiar] to give sb some skin (American English/inglés norteamericano) chocar* las manos con algn ([ para celebrar ]) to jump o leap o be frightened out of one's skin I nearly jumped out of my skin when … casi me muero del susto cuando …, me llevé tremendo susto cuando … [colloquial/familiar] (before noun/delante del nombre) [cream] para la piel; [disease] de la piel, cutáneo skin care cuidado (masculine) de la piel or del cutis skin wound herida (feminine) superficial save1 1 1 1 1.2 u and c (of animal, bird, fish) piel (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Typical teen problems like zits had not touched his flawless pale skin.
    • His lightly muscled tanned bare skin glistened in the sun and he felt very much like an article on display.
    • The light never touched his soft, tan skin.
    Example sentences
    • The Inuit made all their clothing from various animal skins and hides.
    • The Sun Dance ceremony practised by Plains Indians required the skins of dead animals in order to glorify the spirit of the wolf.
    • He doffed his cap, also made from the skin of a dead animal - I later learned it was a raccoon.
    1.3 u and c (of tomatoes, plums) piel (feminine); (of potatoes, bananas) piel (feminine), cáscara (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Wheat bran and the skins of fruits and vegetables are sources of insoluble fiber.
    • Peel the skin from the roast pepper halves and cut the stem off the aubergine halves.
    • Simply peel away the outer skin of the kiwi and place in a hard-cooked egg slicer.
    1.4 u and c (of sausage) piel (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • In developing countries gut skins dominate the sausage market.
    • Then, I imagine, it is pumped into sausage skins and served in a bun smothered in ketchup and mustard.
    • It is a pudding in the old sense of something enclosed in a sausage skin.
    1.5 uncountable/no numerable (on milk, custard) nata (feminine); (on paint) capa (feminine) dura
    Example sentences
    • Meanwhile, thick layers of slate-colored skins began covering their exposed muscles.
    • Islam is just the outer skin of an onion covering animism, Hinduism and other ancient mysteries.
    • The distinctive bumpy skins are used to cover up wounds and to protect them from infection while they heal.
    Example sentences
    • To make matters worse, spinach was often on the menu and there was a skin on the milk they served for breakfast.
    • It is chilly enough that where the water is calm a skin of ice has formed.
    • Air must be excluded from the can by a tight-fitting lid, or a skin can form in the can.
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (of vehicle, plane, ship, building) revestimiento (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The hole in the floor was covered with a sliding panel flush with the aircraft's skin.
    • With the wing structure complete, the wings were then covered with aircraft grade mahogany skin.
    • The longerons were good and did not need replacement but we did replace some skins on the lower fuselage.
  • 5 countable/numerable [Computing/Informática] skin (masculine) ([ conjunto de imágenes o archivo que permiten cambiar la apariencia de un programa ])
    Example sentences
    • They swapped modding techniques and hundreds of custom skins over the website message board.
    • The white console is customisable too, with the ability to swap everything from the console's faceplate to the skins on the software interface.
    • For example, will it be possible to use custom skins or will you release tools to allow users to build custom levels?

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