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skeleton

adjective (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 crystal. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • something reduced to its minimal form (noun.quantity)
    Example:
    The battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self.
    The bare skeleton of a novel.
    source: wordnet30
  • a scandal that is kept secret (noun.event)
    Example:
    There must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet.
    source: wordnet30
  • the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal (noun.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    The building has a steel skeleton.
    source: wordnet30
  • The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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