What does skeleton mean?

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ˈskɛl ɪ tnskele·ton

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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"

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.

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  2. skeleton(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  3. skeleton(Noun)

    A very thin person.

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

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  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)

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  5. skeleton(Noun)

    The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  6. skeleton(Noun)

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

    She dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  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.

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  8. skeleton(Verb)

    to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to skeletonize

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  9. skeleton(Verb)

    to minimize

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skeleton(noun)

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

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

  2. Skeleton(noun)

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

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

  3. Skeleton(noun)

    a very thin or lean person

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

  4. Skeleton(noun)

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

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

  5. Skeleton(noun)

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

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

  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

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

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.

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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. skeleton

    A word applied to regiments that have become reduced in their number of men.

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How to say skeleton in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of skeleton in a Sentence

  1. Mark Norell:

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

  2. Benjamin Englich:

    We don't have a complete skeleton for a dinosaur this big from this time period, that means it's a species we haven't seen before from this era.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

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

  4. David Elliott:

    The Winton area has produced the majority of Australias large dinosaur fossils so presenting a significant pterosaur skeleton alongside the giants with which it co-existed is a huge bonus for science, education and regional tourism.

  5. John McNabb:

    Until we actually find a skeleton at this site, or at the site of a comparable age in the America, it's all open to speculation and we just don't know.

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