- The hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
- skeletal system, frame, systema skeletale
- Something reduced to its minimal form
"the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
- A scandal that is kept secret
"there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
- skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard
- The internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
"the building has a steel skeleton"
- skeletal frame, frame, underframe
Derived forms: skeletons
the main structure that supports a building:
Only the concrete skeleton of the factory remained.
2 (used as an adjective)
used to describe the smallest number of people, things or parts that you need to do sth:
There will only be a skeleton staff on duty over the holiday.
We managed to maintain a skeleton service during the strike.
1 : a usu. rigid supportive or protective structure or framework of an organism; esp : the bony or more or less cartilaginous framework supporting the soft tissues and protecting the internal organs of a vertebrate
2 : the straight or branched chain or ring of atoms that forms the basic structure of an organic molecule
- the outer one third has a cartilaginous skeleton.
- you should write the skeleton equation.
- death is often shown in pictures as a human skeleton.
- each animal has a chalky skeleton.
- i don't have any skeleton in my closet.