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noun 
  1. (anatomy) The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : At the foot of a pretty big pine, and involved in a green creeper, which had even partly lifted some of the smaller bones, a human lay, with a few shreds of clothing, on the ground.
      1. A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.
      2. A very thin person.
      She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.
      1. (From the sled used, which originally was a bare frame, like a skeleton.) A type of tobogganning in which competitors lie face down, and descend head first (compare luge).
      (wikipedia, Skeleton (sport))
Translations: 
  • Dutch: skelet
  • French:
    (trans-mid)
    (trans-bottom)
  • German: Skelett
  • Italian: scheletro
  • Spanish: esqueleto
verb Archaic to skeleton
  1. to reduce to a skeleton; to skin
  2. to minimize
Etymology: From Ancient Greek (skeletos) "dried up, withered, dried body, parched, mummy", from (skello) "to dry, dry up, make dry, parch".


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