from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The internal structure that protects and supports the soft organs, tissues, and other parts of a vertebrate organism, and is composed of bone and cartilage or, in certain animals, cartilage alone.
- noun The hard external structure that supports, protects, or contains the body of many invertebrates, such as mollusks, crustaceans, and corals, and certain vertebrates, such as turtles.
- noun A supporting structure or framework, as of a building.
- noun An outline or sketch.
- noun Something reduced to its basic or minimal parts.
- noun One that is very thin or emaciated.
- noun A sport in which a person glides down an icy track head-first lying on one's stomach on a compact, simple sled that lacks steering or brakes.
- noun The sled used in such a sport.
- adjective Of, relating to, or resembling a skeleton.
- adjective Reduced to the basic or minimal parts or members.
- adjective Of or relating to the sport of skeleton.
- idiom (skeleton in (one's) closet) A source of shame or disgrace, as in a family, that is kept secret.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To skeletonize.
- noun In anatomy, the dry bones of the body taken together; hence, in anatomy and zoology, some or any hard part, or the set of hard parts together, which form a support, scaffold, or framework of the body, sustaining, inclosing, or protecting soft parts or vital organs; connective tissue, especially when hard, as when fibrous, cuticular, corneous, cartilaginous, osseous, chitinous, calcareous, or silicious; an endoskeleton, exoskeleton, dermoskeleton, scleroskeleton, splanchnoskeleton, etc. (See these words.)
- noun The supporting framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages.
- noun An outline or rough draft of any kind; specifically, the outline of a literary performance: as, the skeleton of a sermon.
- noun Milit., a regiment whose numbers have become reduced by casualties, etc.
- noun A very lean or much emaciated person; a mere shadow of a man.
- noun In printing, an exceedingly thin or condensed form of light-faced type.
- Of or pertaining to a skeleton; in the form of a skeleton; skeletal; lean.
- Consisting of a mere framework, outline, or combination of supporting parts: as, a skeleton leaf; a skeleton crystal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal.
- noun The more or less firm or hardened framework of an invertebrate animal.
- noun A very thin or lean person.
- noun The framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages.
- noun The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.
- adjective Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading features of anything
- adjective [Eng.] a bill or draft made out in blank as to the amount or payee, but signed by the acceptor.
- adjective 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.
- adjective a leaf from which the pulpy part has been removed by chemical means, the fibrous part alone remaining.
- adjective a proof of a print or engraving, with the inscription outlined in hair strokes only, such proofs being taken before the engraving is finished.
- adjective a regiment which has its complement of officers, but in which there are few enlisted men.
- adjective (Zoöl.) a small crustacean of the genus Caprella. See
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun anatomy The
systemthat provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bonesand cartilagein vertebrates, external in some other animals.
- noun A
framethat provides support to a buildingor other construction.
- noun figuratively A very thin person.
- noun A type of
tobogganingin which competitors lie face down, and descendhead first (compare luge). See Wikipedia:Skeleton (sport)
- noun computing A client-helper procedure that communicates with a
- noun geometry The
verticesand edgesof a polyhedron, taken collectively.
- noun An
anthropomorphicrepresentation of a skeleton. See Wikipedia:Skeleton (undead)
- noun figuratively The central core of something that gives shape to the entire structure.
- verb archaic to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to
- verb archaic to minimize
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
- noun a scandal that is kept secret
- noun something reduced to its minimal form
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The vertebrates, be it remembered, possess practically the same organs as the lower forms of life, but differ from them most materially by the possession of the _internal_ skeleton, the lower forms having an _external_ or outside _skeleton_, which latter is merely a hardening of the skin.
A Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga William Walker Atkinson 1897
Jr. 's run to gold at Salt Lake City, this year's story in skeleton is much darker.
They've shown for the first time that the skeleton is an endocrine organ that helps control our sugar metabolism and weight and, as such, is a major determinant of the development of type 2 diabetes.
August 10th, 2007 2007
I remember Pinkney when he was painting the picture, Bryanstone being then a youth in what they call a skeleton suit (as if such a pig of a child could ever have been dressed in anything resembling a skeleton) -- I remember, I say, Mrs.B. sitting to Pinkney in a sort of Egerian costume, her boy by her side, whose head the artist turned round and directed it towards a piece of gingerbread, which he was to have at the end of the sitting.
The Christmas Books of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray 1837
Kuhn was particularly fascinated with pigments containing forty carbon atoms in their structural backbone, especially xanthophylls, because their carbon skeleton is related to one of the structural constituents of chlorophyll.
February 18th, 2009 when digging deeper what you find, the skeleton is best left behind
when digging deeper what you find, the skeleton is best left behind matociquala 2009
He has been running, jumping, shooting and participating in skeleton offensive and defensive drills.
Josh Howard making progress with knee recovery Michael Lee 2010
A popular theme for Day of the Dead, this skeleton is on display year round in Mexico's Museo Nacional de la Muerte (National Museum of Death) in Aguascalientes.
A calavera, or "skull" takes the form of a bride in this sculpture. A popular theme for Day of the Dead, this skeleton is on display year round in Mexico's Museo Nacional de la Muerte (National Museum of Death) in Aguascalientes. © Diodora Bucur, 2009 2009
Time to re-roast an old chestnut, a column I wrote several years that has become fresh in my mind due to the successful completion last night of Operation Dress-the-Tree (to be followed in a few weeks, of course, by Operation Curse-the-Tree as the needle-shedding skeleton is hauled out to the alley).
O Tannenbaum ewillett 2009
After Jon Montgomery won a gold medal for Canada in skeleton, he walked through the streets of Whistler guzzling from a pitcher of beer.