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Etymology

From Ancient Greek σκελετός (skeletos) "dried up, withered, dried body, parched, mummy", from σκελλώ (skello) "to dry, dry up, make dry, parch".

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  1. (anatomy) The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island,
      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.
  2. A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.
  3. A very thin person.
    She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.
  4. (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).
  5. (geometry) The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.
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Archaic to skeleton

  1. to reduce to a skeleton; to skin
  2. to minimize

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skeleton m.

  1. skeleton (tobogganing)

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