- (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.
- A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.
- A very thin person.
- She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.
(wikipedia, Skeleton (sport))
- (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).
- Dutch: skelet
- German: Skelett
- Italian: scheletro
- Spanish: esqueleto
Etymology: From Ancient Greek (skeletos) "dried up, withered, dried body, parched, mummy", from (skello) "to dry, dry up, make dry, parch".
- to reduce to a skeleton; to skin
- to minimize
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