What does skeleton mean?

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ˈskɛl ɪ tnskele·ton

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. skeletonnoun

    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 cupboardnoun

    a scandal that is kept secret

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

  3. skeletal system, skeleton, frame, systema skeletalenoun

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

  4. skeleton, skeletal frame, frame, underframenoun

    the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape

    "the building has a steel skeleton"

Wiktionary

  1. skeletonnoun

    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. skeletonnoun

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

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  3. skeletonnoun

    A very thin person.

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

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  4. skeletonnoun

    (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. skeletonnoun

    The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  6. skeletonnoun

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

    She dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  7. skeletonnoun

    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. skeletonverb

    to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to skeletonize

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

  9. skeletonverb

    to minimize

    Etymology: From σκελετός, from σκελλώ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skeletonnoun

    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. Skeletonnoun

    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. Skeletonnoun

    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. Skeletonnoun

    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. Skeletonnoun

    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. Skeletonadjective

    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.

Entomology

  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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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. 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.

  2. Mark Norell:

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

  3. Oscar Nilsson:

    Her skeleton shows she lived a hard life, her spine [may] have suffered from hard labor, resulting in a spinal condition called Schmorls nodes .

  4. Helen Wass:

    Given the number of human remains at St. James, we weren't confident that we were going to find him, we were very lucky that Captain Flinders had a breastplate made of lead meaning it would not have corroded. We'll now be able to study his skeleton to see whether life at sea left its mark and what more we can learn about him.

  5. Angus Hohenboken from aid group:

    There's a landscape of skeleton trees and patchworks of square outlines where houses used to be, it's really quite a saddening sight.

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