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Definition of Skeleton


  1. The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal.
  2. The more or less firm or hardened framework of an invertebrate animal.
  3. A very thin or lean person.
  4. The framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages.
  5. The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.
  6. Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton crystal.

Skeleton Quotations

If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
George Bernard Shaw

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
Audre Lorde

There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.
Wilson Mizner

Johnny Depp is like a brother to me. We have matching tattoos on our backs - Charles Baudelaire, the flowers of evil, this giant skeleton thing. It's kind of a secret. People say to us, 'Why did you get that?' And we say, 'No reason.'
Marilyn Manson

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
Aldous Huxley
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Skeleton Translations

skeleton in Afrikaans is geraamte
skeleton in Dutch is skelet, gebeente, geraamte
skeleton in French is squelette, ossature
skeleton in Italian is scheletro
skeleton in Norwegian is skjelett
skeleton in Portuguese is esqueleto
skeleton in Spanish is esqueleto
skeleton in Swedish is benstomme, skelett
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