HyperDic: skeleton

English > 4 senses of the word skeleton:
NOUNquantityskeletonsomething reduced to its minimal form
eventskeleton, skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboarda scandal that is kept secret
bodyskeleton, skeletal system, frame, systema skeletalethe hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
artifactskeleton, skeletal frame, frame, underframethe internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
skeleton > pronunciation
Soundsskeh'lahtahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > skeleton: 4 senses > noun 1, quantity
MeaningSomething reduced to its minimal form.
Examples
  • "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"
  • "the bare skeleton of a novel"
Broaderminimum, lower limitThe smallest possible quantity
English > skeleton: 4 senses > noun 2, event
MeaningA scandal that is kept secret.
Example"there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
Synonymsskeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard
Broaderscandal, outrageA disgraceful event
English > skeleton: 4 senses > noun 3, body
MeaningThe hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal.
Synonymsskeletal system, frame, systema skeletale
Part ofmusculoskeletal systemThe system of muscles and tendons and ligaments and bones and joints and associated tissues that move the body and maintain its form
Partsskeletal structureAny structure created by the skeleton of an organism
NarrowerendoskeletonThe internal skeleton
exoskeletonThe exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs
BroadersystemA group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts
Spanisharmazón, esqueleto, estructura, osamenta, sistema esquelético, systema skeletale
Catalancarcanada, carcassa, esquelet, estructura, systema skeletale
Adjectivesmusculoskeletalrelating to muscles and skeleton
skeletalof or relating to or forming or attached to a skeleton
English > skeleton: 4 senses > noun 4, artifact
MeaningThe internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape.
Example"the building has a steel skeleton"
Synonymsskeletal frame, frame, underframe
Part ofaircraftA vehicle that can fly
building, edificeA structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
shipA vessel that carries passengers or freight
NarrowerchassisThe skeleton of a motor vehicle consisting of a steel frame supported on springs that holds the body and motor
hoopA light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt / skirt
Broadersupporting structureA structure that serves to support something
Spanisharmadura, armazón, esqueleto, estructura
Catalanestructura

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