(1) Coils of worsted yarn
skeyne, escaigne, écagne, probably of Celtic origin
- A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel. A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel.
- A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.
- A group of wild fowl, (e.g. geese, goslings) when they are in flight.
- A winning streak.