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skeleton

skel·e·ton

 (skĕl′ĭ-tn)
n.
1.
a. The internal structure that protects and supports the soft organs, tissues, and other parts of a vertebrate organism, and is composed of bone and cartilage or, in certain animals, cartilage alone.
b. The hard external structure that supports, protects, or contains the body of many invertebrates, such as mollusks, crustaceans, and corals, and certain vertebrates, such as turtles.
2. A supporting structure or framework, as of a building.
3. An outline or sketch.
4. Something reduced to its basic or minimal parts.
5. One that is very thin or emaciated.
6.
a. A sport in which a person glides down an icy track head-first lying on one's stomach on a compact, simple sled that lacks steering or brakes.
b. The sled used in such a sport.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or resembling a skeleton.
2. Reduced to the basic or minimal parts or members: a skeleton crew.
3. Of or relating to the sport of skeleton.
Idiom:
skeleton in (one's) closet
A source of shame or disgrace, as in a family, that is kept secret.

[Greek skeleton (sōma), dried-up (body), neuter of skeletos, from skellesthai, to dry up.]

skeleton

(ˈskɛlɪtən)
n
1. (Zoology) a hard framework consisting of inorganic material that supports and protects the soft parts of an animal's body and provides attachment for muscles: may be internal (an endoskeleton), as in vertebrates, or external( an exoskeleton), as in arthropods. See also endoskeleton, exoskeleton
2. informal a very thin emaciated person or animal
3. the essential framework of any structure, such as a building or leaf, that supports or determines the shape of the rest of the structure
4. an outline consisting of bare essentials: the skeleton of a novel.
5. (modifier) US and Canadian reduced to a minimum: a skeleton staff.
6. skeleton in the cupboard US and Canadian skeleton in the closet a scandalous fact or event in the past that is kept secret
[C16: via New Latin from Greek: something desiccated, from skellein to dry up]
ˈskeletal adj
ˈskeletally adv
ˈskeleton-ˌlike adj

skel•e•ton

(ˈskɛl ɪ tn)

n.
1. the bones of a vertebrate considered as a whole, together forming the internal framework of the body.
2. any of various structures forming a rigid framework in certain invertebrates.
3. an emaciated person or animal.
4. a supporting framework, as of a leaf, building, or ship.
5. an outline, as of a literary work: the skeleton of the plot.
6. something reduced to its essential parts.
adj.
7. of or pertaining to a skeleton.
8. reduced to the essential or minimal parts or numbers: a skeleton staff.
Idioms:
skeleton in the closet or cupboard, any embarrassing, shameful, or damaging secret.
[1570–80; < New Latin < Greek: dried corpse, skeleton, n. use of neuter of skeletós dried up, v. adj. of skéllein to dry]
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skel·e·ton

(skĕl′ĭ-tn)
1. The internal structure of vertebrate animals, composed of bone or cartilage, that supports the body, serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles, and protects the vital organs and associated structures.
2. A hard protective covering or supporting structure of invertebrate animals. See also endoskeleton, exoskeleton.

skeletal adjective

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The bony framework that protects and supports the body’s soft tissues.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skeleton - something reduced to its minimal formskeleton - something reduced to its minimal form; "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
lower limit, minimum - the smallest possible quantity
2.skeleton - a scandal that is kept secret; "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
scandal, outrage - a disgraceful event
3.skeleton - the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animalskeleton - the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
system - a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts; "the body has a system of organs for digestion"
musculoskeletal system - the system of muscles and tendons and ligaments and bones and joints and associated tissues that move the body and maintain its form
skeletal structure - any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
endoskeleton - the internal skeleton; bony and cartilaginous structure (especially of vertebrates)
exoskeleton - the exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs
4.skeleton - the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shapeskeleton - the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton"
aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
chassis - the skeleton of a motor vehicle consisting of a steel frame supported on springs that holds the body and motor
hoop - a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
supporting structure - a structure that serves to support something

skeleton

noun
1. bones, bare bones a human skeleton
2. frame, shell, framework, basic structure Only skeletons of buildings remained in the area.
3. plan, structure, frame, draft, outline, framework, sketch, abstract, blueprint, main points a skeleton of policy guidelines
adjective
1. minimum, reduced, minimal, essential Only a skeleton staff remains to see anyone interested around the site.

skeleton

noun
A preliminary plan or version, as of a written work:
Translations
هَيْكَل البِناءهَيْكَل الجِسِمهَيْكَلٌ عَظْمِيّ
esquelet
kostra
skelet
skeleto
karkass
luurankorunko
kosturskelet
csontváz
rangka
beinagrindgrind
骨格骸骨
해골
griaučiaiskeletas
skeletsuzmetumskarkassshēma
skeletvel over vleesgeraamte
schelet
kostra
skeletokostje
kosturokostje
skelett
kiunzi cha mifupa
โครงกระดูก
скелет
bộ xương

skeleton

[ˈskelɪtn]
A. N [of person] → esqueleto m; [of building] → armazón f, armadura f; (= structure) → estructura f; [of novel, report] → esquema m, bosquejo m
skeleton in the cupboardsecreto m de familia
B. CPD [service] → mínimo; [outline] → esquemático
skeleton key Nllave f maestra
skeleton staff N with a skeleton staffcon un personal mínimo

skeleton

[ˈskɛlɪtən] n
(ANATOMY)squelette m
a human skeleton → un squelette humain
to have a skeleton in the cupboard (British) to have a skeleton in the closet → avoir un squelette dans le placard
[building] → structure f
(= basic outline) [plot, article] → schéma mskeleton draft ncanevas mskeleton key npasse-partout m invskeleton staff npermanence f, permanents mpl

skeleton

n (lit, fig)Skelett nt; (esp of ship) → Gerippe nt; a skeleton in one’s cupboard (Brit) or closet (US) → ein dunkler Punkt (seiner Vergangenheit); (of public figure)eine Leiche im Keller
adj plan, outline etcprovisorisch

skeleton

:
skeleton crew
nNot- or Minimalbesatzung f
skeleton key
nDietrich m
skeleton service
nNotdienst m
skeleton staff
nNotbesetzung f

skeleton

[ˈskɛlɪtn]
1. n (of person) → scheletro; (of building) → struttura, ossatura; (of novel, report) → schema m
a walking skeleton (fig) → uno scheletro ambulante
the skeleton at the feast (fig) → il/la guastafeste
skeleton in the cupboard or closet (fig) → scheletro nell'armadio
2. adj (staff, service) → ridotto/a

skeleton

(ˈskelitn) noun
1. the bony framework of an animal or person. The archaeologists dug up the skeleton of a dinosaur.
2. any framework or outline. the steel skeleton of a building.
skeleton key
a key which can open many different locks.

skeleton

هَيْكَلٌ عَظْمِيّ kostra skelet Skelett σκελετός esqueleto luuranko squelette kostur scheletro 骨格 해골 skelet skjelett szkielet esqueleto скелет skelett โครงกระดูก iskelet bộ xương 骷髅

skel·e·ton

n. esqueleto, armazón ósea del cuerpo.

skeleton

n esqueleto
References in classic literature ?
After studying himself to a skeleton all the week, a fellow deserves petting and ought to get it.
We drove up to this skeleton to tie our horses, and then I saw a door and window sunk deep in the drawbank.
While the husbandman shrank back from the dangerous passes, within the safer boundaries of the more ancient settlements, armies larger than those that had often disposed of the scepters of the mother countries, were seen to bury themselves in these forests, whence they rarely returned but in skeleton bands, that were haggard with care or dejected by defeat.
40 steppers and a skeleton buggy to meet you at the top of the hill and drive you over to the cabin.
For our own part, we allow them just as little credence as to that other fable of the skeleton hand which the lieutenant- governor was said to have seen at the Colonel's throat, but which vanished away, as he advanced farther into the room.
Nothing, if I rightly call to mind, was left of my respected predecessor, save an imperfect skeleton, and some fragments of apparel, and a wig of majestic frizzle, which, unlike the head that it once adorned, was in very satisfactory preservation.
The tale was told of old Brouwer, a most heretical disbeliever in ghosts, how he met the Horseman returning from his foray into Sleepy Hollow, and was obliged to get up behind him; how they galloped over bush and brake, over hill and swamp, until they reached the bridge; when the Horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton, threw old Brouwer into the brook, and sprang away over the tree-tops with a clap of thunder.
Though at the time I but ill comprehended not a few of his words, yet subsequent disclosures, when I had become more familiar with his broken phraseology, now enable me to present the whole story such as it may prove in the mere skeleton I give.
A foreign friend once pointed it out to me, in the skeleton of a foe he had slain, and with the vertebrae of which he was inlaying, in a sort of basso-relievo, the beaked prow of his canoe.
He would lie there and cough and cough, day and night, wasting away to a mere skeleton.
It must be a hardy appetite which can contemplate without a momentary discouragement the battered egg-shell, the fish half stripped to a skeleton, the crumbs in the plate, and the dregs in the cup.
Once, I had been taken to one of our old marsh churches to see a skeleton in the ashes of a rich dress, that had been dug out of a vault under the church pavement.