skeleton


skeleton
skeleton [skel′ə tən]
n.
[ModL < Gr < skeleton (sōma), dried (body), mummy < skeletos, dried up, akin to sklēros, dry, hard < IE base * (s)kel- > SHALLOW]
1. the hard framework of an animal body, supporting the tissues and protecting the organs; specif., all the bones collectively, or the bony framework, of a human being or other vertebrate animal
2. anything like a skeleton in any of various ways
3.
a) a very lean or emaciated person or animal
b) a supporting framework, as of a ship
c) an outline or preliminary sketch, as of a novel
d) the meager or devitalized remains of something
adj.
1. of or like a skeleton; specif., of, or having the nature of, the main or essential outline, framework, etc. [a skeleton plan]
2. greatly reduced [a skeleton force]
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skeleton at the feast
a person or event that brings gloom or sadness to an occasion of joy or celebration
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skeleton in the closet
some fact, as about one's family, kept secret because of shame or fear of disgrace
skeletal [skel′ətəl]
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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