Definitions for skeletonˈskɛl ɪ tn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

skel•e•tonˈskɛl ɪ tn(n.)

  1. the bones of a vertebrate considered as a whole, together forming the internal framework of the body.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. any of various structures forming a rigid framework in certain invertebrates.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  3. an emaciated person or animal.

  4. a supporting framework, as of a leaf, building, or ship.

    Category: Building Trades, Nautical, Navy

  5. an outline, as of a literary work:

    the skeleton of the plot.

  6. something reduced to its essential parts.

  7. (adj.)of or pertaining to a skeleton.

  8. reduced to the essential or minimal parts or numbers:

    a skeleton staff.

Idioms for skeleton:

  1. skeleton in the closet or cupboard, any embarrassing, shameful, or damaging secret.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of skeleton:

1570–80; < NL < Gk: dried corpse, skeleton, n. use of neut. of skeletós dried up, v. adj. of skéllein to dry

Princeton's WordNet

  1. skeleton(noun)

    something reduced to its minimal form

    "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"

  2. skeleton, skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard(noun)

    a scandal that is kept secret

    "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"

  3. skeletal system, skeleton, frame, systema skeletale(noun)

    the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal

  4. skeleton, skeletal frame, frame, underframe(noun)

    the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape

    "the building has a steel skeleton"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. skeleton(noun)ˈskɛl ɪ tn

    the frame of bones that supports the body

    the skeleton of a prehistoric bird

Wiktionary

  1. skeleton(Noun)

    The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.

  2. skeleton(Noun)

    A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.

  3. skeleton(Noun)

    A very thin person.

    She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.

  4. skeleton(Noun)

    (From the sled used, which originally was a bare frame, like a skeleton.) A type of tobogganing in which competitors lie face down, and descend head first (compare luge). See Wikipedia:Skeleton (sport)

  5. skeleton(Noun)

    The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.

  6. skeleton(Noun)

    An anthropomorphic representation of a skeleton. See Wikipedia:Skeleton (undead)

    She dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.

  7. skeleton(Noun)

    The central core of something that gives shape to the entire structure.

    The skeleton of the organisation is essentially the same as it was ten years ago, but many new faces have come and gone.

  8. skeleton(Verb)

    to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to skeletonize

  9. skeleton(Verb)

    to minimize

  10. Origin: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skeleton(noun)

    the bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal

  2. Skeleton(noun)

    the more or less firm or hardened framework of an invertebrate animal

  3. Skeleton(noun)

    a very thin or lean person

  4. Skeleton(noun)

    the framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages

  5. Skeleton(noun)

    the heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon

  6. Skeleton(adj)

    consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton crystal

Freebase

  1. Skeleton

    The skeleton is the body part that forms the supporting structure of an organism. There are two different skeletal types: the exoskeleton, which is the stable outer shell of an organism, and the endoskeleton, which forms the support structure inside the body. In a figurative sense, skeleton can refer to technology that supports a structure such as a building.


Translations for skeleton

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

skeleton(noun)

the bony framework of an animal or person

The archaeologists dug up the skeleton of a dinosaur.

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