- IPA: /ˈskɛlətən/
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.
- 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Treasure Hunt—Flint’s Pointer”, in Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, OCLC 702939134 ↗, part VI (Captain Silver), page 263 ↗:
- 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 skeleton lay, with a few shreds of clothing, on the ground.
- An anthropomorphic representation of a skeleton.
- She dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.
- 1724, Charles Johnson, “Of Captain Spriggs and His Crew”, in A General History of the Pyrates, […], 2nd edition, London: Printed for, and sold by T. Warner, […], OCLC 2276353 ↗, [https://archive.org/stream/generalhistoryof00john#page/411–412/mode/1up pages 411–412]:
- A Day or two after they parted, [Francis] Spriggs was choſe Captain by the reſt, and a black Enſign was made, which they called Jolly Roger, with the ſame Device that Captain [Edward] Low carried, viz. a white Skeliton in the Middle of it, with a Dart in one Hand ſtriking a bleeding Heart, and in the other, an Hour Glaſs; when this was finiſhed and hoiſted, they fired all their Guns to ſalute their Captain and themſelves, and then looked out for Prey.
- (figuratively) A very thin person.
- She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.
- (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.
- (architecture) A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.
- (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’.
- (geometry) The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.
- (printing) A very thin form of light-faced type.
- (attributive) Reduced to a minimum or bare essentials.
- (anatomy) ottomy (obsolete), skellington (nonstandard)
- (very thin person) see also Thesaurus:thin person
- (central core giving shape to something) backbone
- (computing) stub
- French: squelette
- German: Skelett, Gerippe
- Italian: scheletro
- Portuguese: esqueleto
- Russian: скеле́т
- Spanish: esqueleto, osamenta
- German: Skeleton
skeleton (skeletons, present participle skeletoning; past and past participle skeletoned)
- (archaic) to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to skeletonize
- (archaic) to minimize
- (sports, uncountable) A type of tobogganing in which competitors lie face down, and descend head first (compare luge).
- (type of tobogganing) skeleton tobogganing
- German: Skeleton
- Portuguese: skeleton
- Russian: ске́летон