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Meaning of SKELETON

Pronunciation:  'skelitn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton"
  2. [n]  the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal

SKELETON is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: frame, frame, skeletal frame, skeletal system, systema skeletale, underframe
 See Also: aircraft, building, chassis, edifice, endoskeleton, exoskeleton, hoop, musculoskeletal system, ship, skeletal structure, supporting structure, system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Skel"e*ton\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ???? (sc. ???) a dried
    body, a mummy, fr. ???? dried up, parched, ???? to dry, dry
    up, parch.]
    1. (Anat.)
       (a) The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports
           the soft parts of a vertebrate animal.
    Note: [See Illust. of the Human Skeleton, in Appendix.]
       (b) The more or less firm or hardened framework of an
           invertebrate animal.
    Note: In a wider sense, the skeleton includes the whole
          connective-tissue framework with the integument and its
          appendages. See {Endoskeleton}, and {Exoskeleton}.
    2. Hence, figuratively:
       (a) A very thin or lean person.
       (b) The framework of anything; the principal parts that
           support the rest, but without the appendages.
                 The great skeleton of the world.  --Sir M. Hale.
       (c) The heads and outline of a literary production,
           especially of a sermon.
  2. \Skel"e*ton\, a.
    Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely
    of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading
    features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton
    {Skeleton bill}, a bill or draft made out in blank as to the
       amount or payee, but signed by the acceptor. [Eng.]
    {Skeleton key}, a key with nearly the whole substance of the
       web filed away, to adapt it to avoid the wards of a lock;
       a master key; -- used for opening locks to which it has
       not been especially fitted.
    {Skeleton leaf}, a leaf from which the pulpy part has been
       removed by chemical means, the fibrous part alone
    {Skeleton proof}, a proof of a print or engraving, with the
       inscription outlined in hair strokes only, such proofs
       being taken before the engraving is finished.
    {Skeleton regiment}, a regiment which has its complement of
       officers, but in which there are few enlisted men.
    {Skeleton shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), a small crustacean of the genus
       {Caprella}. See Illust. under {L[ae]modipoda}.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The skeleton is composed of bones and is the framework of the body.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a skeleton in your dream, represents something that is not fully developed. You may still in be the planning stages of some situation or project. Alternatively, it may suggest that you need to get to the bottom of some matter. You need to stand up for yourself and your rights. Seeing someone depicted as a skeleton means that your relationship with them is long dead.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A solid or fluid system which allows muscles to relax after contracting (in general, because there is an opposing muscle which pulls the skeletal part in the opposite direction when it contracts). The skeletal system may also be a support structure or a form of protection. Types of skeletons include hydroskeletons and exoskeletons.