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Skeleton

Skel´e`ton
n.1.(Anat.) The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal.
2.A very thin or lean person.
The great skeleton of the world.
- Sir M. Hale.
3.The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.
a.1.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.
Skeleton bill
a bill or draft made out in blank as to the amount or payee, but signed by the acceptor.
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 remaining.
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
(Zool.) a small crustacean of the genus Caprella. See Illust. under Læmodipoda.
Noun1.skeleton - something reduced to its minimal form; "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
2.skeleton - a scandal that is kept secret; "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
3.skeleton - the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
4.skeleton - the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton"
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