From Ancient Greek σκελετός (skeletos, “dried up, withered, dried body, parched, mummy”), from σκελλώ (skellō, “dry, dry up, make dry, parch”), from Proto-Indo-European *skele- "to parch, whither;" compare Greek Σκληρός "hard".
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skeleton (plural skeletons)
- (anatomy) The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.
- A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.
- (figuratively) A very thin person.
- She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.
- (From the sled used, which originally was a bare frame, like a skeleton.) A type of tobogganing in which competitors lie face down, and descend head first (compare luge). See Wikipedia:Skeleton (sport)
- (computing) A client-helper procedure that communicates with a stub.
- RMI Nomenclature: in RMI, the client helper is a 'stub' and the service helper is a 'skeleton'.
- (geometry) The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.
- An anthropomorphic representation of a skeleton. See Wikipedia:Skeleton (undead)
- She dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.
- (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.
- (anatomy): ottomy (obsolete)
- (type of tobogganing): skeleton tobogganing
- (central core giving shape to something): backbone
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- hydrostatic skeleton
- skeleton crew
- skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard
- skeleton key
- skeleton staff
- accusative singular of skeleto
skeleton m (uncountable)
- skeleton (winter sport)