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English noun: skeleton

1. skeleton (quantity) something reduced to its minimal form

SamplesThe battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self.
The bare skeleton of a novel.

Broader (hypernym)lower limit, minimum

2. skeleton (event) a scandal that is kept secret

SamplesThere must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet.

Synonymsskeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard

Broader (hypernym)outrage, scandal

3. skeleton (body) the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal

Synonymsframe, skeletal system, systema skeletale

Broader (hypernym)system

Narrower (hyponym)endoskeleton, exoskeleton

Part holonymskeletal structure

Part meronymmusculoskeletal system

4. skeleton (artifact) the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape

SamplesThe building has a steel skeleton.

Synonymsframe, skeletal frame, underframe

Broader (hypernym)supporting structure

Narrower (hyponym)chassis, hoop

Part meronymaircraft, building, edifice, ship

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