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Skeletal vs. Skeleton

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Skeletaladjective

of, or relating to the skeleton

Skeletonnoun

(anatomy) The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.

Skeletaladjective

haggard, cadaverous, emaciated or gaunt

Skeletonnoun

An anthropomorphic representation of a skeleton.

‘She dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.’;

Skeletaladjective

Pertaining to the skeleton.

Skeletonnoun

(figuratively) A very thin person.

‘She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.’;

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Skeletaladjective

of or relating to or forming or attached to a skeleton;

‘the skeletal system’; ‘skeletal bones’; ‘skeletal muscles’;

Skeletonnoun

(figuratively) The central core of something that gives shape to the entire structure.

‘The skeleton of the organisation is essentially the same as it was ten years ago, but many new faces have come and gone.’;

Skeletaladjective

very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold;

‘emaciated bony hands’; ‘a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys’; ‘eyes were haggard and cavernous’; ‘small pinched faces’; ‘kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration’;

Skeletonnoun

(architecture) A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.

Skeletonnoun

(computing) A client-helper procedure that communicates with a stub.

‘In remote method invocation, the client helper is a ‘stub’ and the service helper is a ‘skeleton’.’;

Skeletonnoun

(geometry) The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.

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Skeletonnoun

A type of tobogganing in which competitors lie face down, and descend head first (compare luge).

Skeletonverb

(archaic) to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to skeletonize

Skeletonverb

(archaic) to minimize

Skeletonnoun

The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal.

Skeletonnoun

A very thin or lean person.

‘The great skeleton of the world.’;

Skeletonnoun

The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.

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Skeletonadjective

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.

Skeletonnoun

something reduced to its minimal form;

‘the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self’; ‘the bare skeleton of a novel’;

Skeletonnoun

a scandal that is kept secret;

‘there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet’;

Skeletonnoun

the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal

Skeletonnoun

the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape;

‘the building has a steel skeleton’;

Skeleton

A skeleton is a structural frame that supports an animal body. There are several different skeletal types: the exoskeleton, which is the stable outer shell of an organism, the endoskeleton, which forms the support structure inside the body, the hydroskeleton, a flexible skeleton supported by fluid pressure, and the cytoskeleton present in the cytoplasm of all cells, including bacteria, and archaea.

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