from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce to skeleton form: "Carnivorous beetles ... can skeletonize a bat within hours” ( Scientific American).
- transitive v. To outline or sketch briefly.
- transitive v. To reduce in size or number: skeletonized the hospital staff to cut costs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reduce to a skeleton.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To prepare a skeleton of; also, to reduce, as a leaf, to its skeleton.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to a skeleton, as by removing the flesh or other soft tissues from the framework; make a skeleton or mere framework of or from: as, to skeletonize a leaf by eating out its soft parts, as an insect, or by removing them by maceration: particularly said of the preparation of skeletons as objects of study.
- Milit., to reduce the size or numbers of; deplete: as, a skeletonized army.
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