- Skeleton is the internal support for something or the most basic and essential part of something.
- When there are only a few limited people working, just enough to keep the business open, this is an example of a skeleton crew.
- The internal bone and cartilage structure that supports the body are an example of a skeleton.
skeleton definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- anything like a skeleton in any of various ways
- a very lean or emaciated person or animal
- a supporting framework, as of a ship
- an outline or preliminary sketch, as of a novel
- the meager or devitalized remains of something
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from skeleton (sōma), dried (body), mummy ; from skeletos, dried up, akin to sklēros, dry, hard ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel- from source shallow
- of or like a skeleton; specif., of, or having the nature of, the main or essential outline, framework, etc.: a skeleton plan
- greatly reduced: a skeleton force
- skeletal adjective
skeleton definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The internal structure composed of bone and cartilage that protects and supports the soft organs, tissues, and other parts of a vertebrate organism; endoskeleton.b. The hard external supporting and protecting structure in many invertebrates, such as mollusks and crustaceans, and certain vertebrates, such as turtles; exoskeleton.
- A supporting structure or framework, as of a building.
- An outline or sketch.
- Something reduced to its basic or minimal parts.
- One that is very thin or emaciated.
- Of, relating to, or resembling a skeleton.
- Reduced to the basic or minimal parts or members: a skeleton crew.
Origin: Greek skeleton (sōma), dried-up (body), neuter of skeletos, from skellesthai, to dry up.
skeleton - Medical Definition
- The internal structure composed of bone and cartilage that protects and supports the soft organs, tissues, and other parts of a vertebrate organism; endoskeleton.
- All the bones of the body taken collectively.
- The exoskeleton.
skeleton - Phrases/Idioms
skeleton at the feast
skeleton in the closet
skeleton in (one's) closet
skeleton - Science Definition
- The internal structure of vertebrate animals, composed of bone or cartilage, that supports the body, serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles, and protects the vital organs and associated structures.
- A hard protective covering or supporting structure of invertebrate animals. See also endoskeleton, exoskeleton.
- skeletal skeletal adjective