Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Skeleton'
- something reduced to its minimal form; "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
- 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]
- the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal [syn: skeletal system, frame, systema skeletale]
- the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton" [syn: skeletal frame, frame, underframe]
- Skeleton \Skel"e*ton\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ???? (sc. ???) a dried
body, a mummy, fr. ???? dried up, parched, ???? to dry, dry
- (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.
- 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 \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
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
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).[See more about Skeleton at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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'Skeleton' in famous quotation sentence
* 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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