(1) The internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
"The building has a steel skeleton"
(2) The hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
(3) A scandal that is kept secret
"There must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
(4) Something reduced to its minimal form
"The battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"
"The bare skeleton of a novel"
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- The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.
- A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.
- A very thin person.
- She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.
- (From the sled used, which originally was a bare frame, like a skeleton.) A type of tobogganing in which competitors lie face down, and descend head first (compare luge).
- The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.
- hydrostatic skeleton
- skeleton crew
- skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard
- skeleton key
- skeleton staff
- to reduce to a skeleton; to skin
- to minimize