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Definitions of skeleton

  1. the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; " the building has a steel skeleton"
  2. the hard structure ( bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
  3. a scandal that is kept secret; " there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
  4. something reduced to its minimal form; " the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; " the bare skeleton of a novel"
  5. The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal.
  6. The more or less firm or hardened framework of an invertebrate animal.
  7. A very thin or lean person.
  8. The framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages.
  9. The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.
  10. 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.
  11. The bony framework of an animal; framework of anything; outline.
  12. 1. The bony framework of the body in vertebrates ( endoskeleton or neuroskeleton) or the hard outer envelope of insects ( exoskeleton or dermoskeleton). 2. All the dry parts remaining after the destruction and removal of the soft parts; this includes ligaments and cartilages as well as bones. 3. All the bones of the body taken collectively.
  13. Bony structure of body.
  14. The bones of an animal separated from the flesh and preserved in their natural position: the framework or outline of anything.
  15. The system of bones of an animal; framework of anything.
  16. The bony framework of an animal body.
  17. An open framework; sketch; outline.
  18. Skeleton.
  19. The bones of an animal body in their natural arrangement separated from the flesh; the general supporting framework of anything; outline; a very lean person.
  20. The bones of any animal dried and retained in their natural positions; the bones of an animal separate from its flesh; the outline or framework of anything; the heads or outline of a sermon or literary work; a person much emaciated.
  21. Consisting of mere framework; containing mere outlines or heads.
  22. The hard or bony framework, internal or external, which supports and protects the softer parts of the body of plant or animal.
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Usage examples for skeleton

  1. They went cautiously round the ruin, and upon the other side Eli dived across the bleached skeleton of a pony and became mixed up in dry bones. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  2. The skeleton, which would have measured fully six feet in height, was undoubtedly that of a man. – A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 87-204 by H. C. Yarrow
  3. Nearly two months had elapsed since Mulligo had severely injured his spine by a fall from a tree; and immediately after the occurrence of this accident he had completely lost the use of his lower extremities, and had day by day declined until he was now reduced to a perfect skeleton. – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) by George Grey
  4. Let him find the skeleton of something as big as a freight car, that perished far in the dead past, and he's as tickled as a kid shooting at little sister with his new air gun. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  5. It's a skeleton of a man. – The Go Ahead Boys and Simon's Mine by Ross Kay
  6. I begin to see a new meaning in being the skeleton at the feast. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  7. The woman had followed them, and they turned to see that she had picked up a couple of rubies from among the bones of another skeleton, and was holding them out to Mr. Haydon. – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore
  8. I'm leaving a skeleton crew in until we see how these birds do. – Watchbird by Robert Sheckley
  9. His picture, with the skeleton issue of any shaking, smote Mr. Radnor's eyes, they turned over. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  10. It is useless to ask for the skin and skeleton, because I think it is not in your power to get them, otherwise they would be most desirable. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  11. Then Grenville's vessel was so battered that it resembled rather a skeleton than a ship, and of the crew few were to be seen but the dead and dying. – England in America, 1580-1652 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler
  12. A skeleton key, you mean? – The Secret Pact by Mildred A. Wirt
  13. It was not to him a skeleton, to be locked out of sight; but it had been a misfortune, and the sooner that such misfortunes could be forgotten the better. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  14. Hastily clearing away the rubbish, he saw the skeleton of a camel. – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
  15. So Aristide had his skeleton, like his father and mother. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  16. Like a dead skeleton! – Plays by Chekhov, Second Series On the High Road, The Proposal, The Wedding, The Bear, A Tragedian In Spite of Himself, The Anniversary, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  17. The unfortunate old man was reduced almost to a skeleton. – The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest by Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap)
  18. At any moment the police may light upon some portion of the skeleton which will settle the question definitely one way or the other. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  19. They went out by a door into the hall, went back to the rear of the building, in at an iron door, down a flight of steep iron skeleton steps dimly lighted. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  20. A silk- cotton tree, which had shed all its leaves, stood there in the distance, like a skeleton. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
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