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"


  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.]


  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.


  1. Skeleton

    the hard chitinous parts which externally (exoskeleton) or internally (endoskeleton) form a protective covering, or serve as points of attachment, to muscles and other soft organs.

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  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. Anthony Liccione:

    We stood like two trees beside, intertwined into one. And when the winds blew against us, we would laugh at it, as leaves clapping hands to our strength. Always day. We had all the stars, but no sky to hang them onto. We were brave, but not strong. Bare, but not skeleton. We had song, but no dance. Time slipped as a blessed curse. We knew the pennies were slipping from our pockets, and we left them there on the ground as worthless cents. In wordless sense, we finally found our darkness, but the stars had all faded by then.

  2. Victoria Arbour:

    The spikes running all the way down Zuul's tail were a fantastic surprise to me -- like nothing I've ever seen in a North American ankylosaur, it was the size and shape of the tail club and tail spikes, combined with the shape of the horns and ornaments on the skull, that confirmed this skeleton was a new species of ankylosaur.

  3. Courtesy Saif Malook:

    His wife is still very sick, almost like a skeleton, and she fell down and collapsed at the prison while we met with Asif, the children were weeping for their father; they are all under threat. Everyone is scared to be around them; they are a poor family as it is. It was just so sad.

  4. Keith Benson:

    You went from a skeleton crew by design to a fully staffed police force, the public narrative is really incomplete.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

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

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