skeleton

1. noun
a) The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.

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.

b) A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.

She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.

Syn: ottomy, skeleton tobogganing
2. verb
a) to reduce to a skeleton; to skin
b) to minimize

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