<answer>skein&ensp; &ndash;noun 1. length of yarn or thread wound on a reel or swift preparatory for use in manufacturing. 2. anything wound in or resembling such a coil: a skein of hair. 3. something suggestive of the twistings of a skein: an incoherent skein of words. 4. flock of geese, ducks, or the like, in flight. 5. succession or series of similar or interrelated things: a skein of tennis victories.</answer>