exoskeleton meaning

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Noun: exoskeleton  `eksow'skelit(u)n
  1. The exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs

Derived forms: exoskeletons

Type of: body covering, frame, skeletal system, skeleton, systema skeletale

Encyclopedia: Exoskeleton

A robot that resembles a suit of armor, and that greatly magnifies the force of physical movements. A human operator occupies the interior. Thus, for example, the operator might use the machine to throw a football 2500 yards, or to run 50 miles an hour, or to smash through walls. Primarily a tool of science fiction writers, this machine is within the scope of current robotic technology.

1 : an external supportive covering of an animal (as the system of sclerites covering the body of an insect) —compare ENDOSKELETON
2 : bony or horny parts (as nails, hooves, or scales) of a vertebrate produced from epidermal tissues — exo·skel·e·tal adj


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  1. coral is actually the exoskeletons of coral polyps
  2. these formed the innards underneath the exoskeleton provided to the animators
  3. when a caterpillar sheds its final exoskeleton and mutates into a chrysalid, it is already well on its way to becoming a butterfly
  4. as zompro examined it under the microscope, he was struck by how much it resembled the exoskeleton he had just seen in london
  5. He must shed his spiky exoskeleton and become the front man.

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