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skeleton

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Noun skeleton has 4 senses
  1. skeleton - something reduced to its minimal form; "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
    --1 is a kind of
    minimum, lower limit
  2. skeleton, skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard - a scandal that is kept secret; "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
    --2 is a kind of scandal, outrage
  3. skeletal system, skeleton, frame, systema skeletale - the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
    --3 is a kind of system
    --3 is a part of musculoskeletal system
    --3 has parts: skeletal structure
    --3 has particulars: endoskeleton; exoskeleton
  4. skeleton, skeletal frame, frame, underframe - the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton"
    --4 is a kind of supporting structure
    --4 is a part of building, edifice; ship; aircraft
    --4 has particulars: chassis; hoop
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