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Skeleton Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    skeleton n
  1. something reduced to its minimal form; "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
  2. a scandal that is kept secret; "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet" [syn: skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard]
  3. the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal [syn: skeletal system, frame, systema skeletale]
  4. the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton" [syn: skeletal frame, frame, underframe]
Skeleton Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Skeleton \Skel"e*ton\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ???? (sc. ???) a dried body, a mummy, fr. ???? dried up, parched, ???? to dry, dry up, parch.]
  1. (Anat.) (a) The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal. Note: [See Illust. of the Human Skeleton, in Appendix.] (b) The more or less firm or hardened framework of an invertebrate animal. Note: In a wider sense, the skeleton includes the whole connective-tissue framework with the integument and its appendages. See Endoskeleton, and Exoskeleton.
  2. Hence, figuratively: (a) A very thin or lean person. (b) The framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages. The great skeleton of the world. --Sir M. Hale. (c) The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.
Skeleton Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Skeleton \Skel"e*ton\, a. 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. Skeleton bill, a bill or draft made out in blank as to the amount or payee, but signed by the acceptor. [Eng.] Skeleton key, a key with nearly the whole substance of the web filed away, to adapt it to avoid the wards of a lock; a master key; -- used for opening locks to which it has not been especially fitted. Skeleton leaf, a leaf from which the pulpy part has been removed by chemical means, the fibrous part alone remaining. Skeleton proof, a proof of a print or engraving, with the inscription outlined in hair strokes only, such proofs

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Skeleton'

The skeleton (From Greek skeletos = "dried-body", "mummy") 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.

Exoskeletons are external, and are found in many invertebrates; they enclose and protect the soft tissues and organs of the body. Some kinds of exoskeletons undergo periodic moulting as the animal grows, as is the case in many arthropods including insects and crustaceans. Exoskeletons are made of different materials including chitin (in arthropods), calcium compounds (in corals and mollusks) and silicate (for diatoms and radiolarians).

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'Skeleton' in famous quotation sentence

* After I die, wherever my spirit goes, I'm going to try to get back and visit my skeleton at least once a year, because, 'Hey, old buddy, how's it going' - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

* If you want to sue somebody, just get a little plastic skeleton and lay it in their yard. Then tell them their ants ate your baby. - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

* It's not good to let any kid near a container that has a skull and crossbones on it, because there might be a skeleton costume inside and the kid could put it on and really scare you. - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

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Skeleton Sample Sentences in News

  • 6,500-Year-Old 'Noah' Skeleton Discovered in Museum Basement
    Scientists at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia are quite literally cleaning the skeletons out of their closets. Museum staff recently rediscovered a 6,500-year- old human skeleton that's been boxed up in the basement for 85 years. The human remains inside the box were originally unearthed between 1929 and 1930 at the site of Ur in modern-day Iraq by Sir Leonard Read more on this news related to 'Skeleton'
  • Doctors Remove Baby Skeleton Left Inside Mother for 38 Years
    An Indian woman, Jyoti Kumar, from Central India has reportedly had the world's longest ectopic pregnancy, after a baby skeleton was removed from her abdomen after 38 years.  Fearful of the surgery, Kumar fled from the hospital and went to a small clinic to find treatment to cure her abdominal pain caused by the ectopic pregnancy. Thirty-six years later, 62- Read more on this news related to 'Skeleton'
  • The obscure skeleton in Penn's basement
    Janet Monge knew for years that the Penn Museum had quite the skeleton in its closet, a box of bones supinely displayed, carefully encased in wax, wrapped in burlap, and positioned on a board. Read more on this news related to 'Skeleton'

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