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. The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal.
  5. The more or less firm or hardened framework of an invertebrate animal.
  6. A very thin or lean person.
  7. The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.
  8. The bony framework of an animal; framework of anything; outline.
  9. The bones of an animal separated from the flesh and preserved in their natural position: the framework or outline of anything.
  10. The system of bones of an animal; framework of anything.
  11. The bony framework of an animal body.
  12. An open framework; sketch; outline.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The hard or bony framework, internal or external, which supports and protects the softer parts of the body of plant or animal.
  16. 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.
  17. Skeleton.
  18. Consisting of mere framework; containing mere outlines or heads.