What is the meaning of skeleton?


  • Something reduced to its minimal form.
    • usage: "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
  • A scandal that is kept secret.
    • usage: "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
  • The hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal.
  • The internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape.
    • usage: "the building has a steel skeleton"
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APAWordNet. (2010). skeleton. Retrieved April 27, 2017, from http://smartdefine.org/skeleton/definitions/1208029
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MLAWordNet. "skeleton" 23 October 2010. Web. 27 April 2017. <http://smartdefine.org/skeleton/definitions/1208029>
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