Bare Bones Definition

barebōnz
noun
The basic elements or essentials.
Outlined the bare bones of the proposal.
American Heritage

The essential elements of something, described without going into detail.

He had only been taught the bare bones of the system, but carried on regardless.
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adjective
Reduced to the essential; simple; basic.
Webster's New World

Alternative form of bare-bones.

Wiktionary

Minimalist; lacking that which is not essential.

Meals on early space flights were bare-bones affairs; able to supply nutrition, but severely lacking in palatability.
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(computing) Describes a computer sold pre-assembled, but without certain essential components, often a processor, memory, and hard drive.

Emil bought a bare-bones rig and a new CPU at the computer show, then popped in his old hard drive.
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