Meaning of skeleton
Pronunciation: (skel'i-tn), [key]
- the bones of a human or an animal considered as a whole, together forming the framework of the body.
- any of various structures forming a rigid framework in an invertebrate.
- an emaciated person or animal.
- a supporting framework, as of a leaf, building, or ship.
- an outline, as of a literary work: the skeleton of the plot.
- something reduced to its essential parts.
- a person or thing that casts gloom over a joyful occasion; a note or reminder of sorrow in the midst of joy.
- a family scandal that is concealed to avoid public disgrace.
- any embarrassing, shameful, or damaging secret.
- of or pertaining to a skeleton.
- like or being a mere framework; reduced to the essential or minimal parts or numbers: a skeleton staff.
- skeleton (Thesaurus)