What does skeleton mean?

Definitions for skeletonˈskɛl ɪ tn

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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"


  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

  7. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. (sc. ) a dried body, a mummy, fr. dried up, parched, to dry, dry up, parch.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skeleton

    skel′e-tun, n. the bones of an animal separated from the flesh and preserved in their natural position: the framework or outline of anything: a very lean and emaciated person: a very thin form of light-faced type.—adj. pertaining to a skeleton—also Skel′etal.—ns. Skeletog′eny (-toj′-); Skeletog′raphy; Skeletol′ogy.—v.t. Skel′etonise, to reduce to a skeleton.—n. Skel′eton-key, a key for picking locks, without the inner bits.—Skeleton in the cupboard, closet, house, &c., some hidden domestic source of sorrow or shame. [Gr. skeleton (sōma), a dried (body)—skeletos, dried—skellein, to dry, to parch.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skeleton in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skeleton in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Amal Elderat:

    My dad was like a walking skeleton, it was like he was gone.

  2. Mark Norell:

    This is the first time this skeleton has been mounted for public display.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The skeleton, it’s the death: It’s in our body. (Le squelette, c'est la mort : Il est dans notre corps)

  5. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The skeleton is the death: it’s in our body... (Le squelette, c'est la mort : - Il est dans notre corps...)

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