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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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