skeleton

Definitions

  • Mounted Skeleton of Allosaurus in the American Museum
    Mounted Skeleton of Allosaurus in the American Museum
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n skeleton the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape "the building has a steel skeleton"
    • n skeleton the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
    • n skeleton a scandal that is kept secret "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
    • n skeleton something reduced to its minimal form "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self","the bare skeleton of a novel"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

a.: Excavating the Brontosaurus skeleton a.: Excavating the Brontosaurus skeleton
b.: Excavating the Brontosaurus skeleton b.: Excavating the Brontosaurus skeleton
Skeleton of Saurolophus, from Upper Cretacic of Alberta Skeleton of Saurolophus, from Upper Cretacic of Alberta
Skeleton of the garden toad Skeleton of the garden toad
Skeleton of a branching coral Skeleton of a branching coral
The Skeleton The Skeleton

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The skeleton of a spider is located on the outside of the body. The name for this is exoskelton
    • Skeleton A very thin or lean person.
    • a Skeleton 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 (Anat) The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal.
    • Skeleton The framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages.
    • Skeleton The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.
    • Skeleton (Anat) The more or less firm or hardened framework of an invertebrate animal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: You can sometimes tell the hobbies and race of a person by their skeleton.
    • n skeleton In anatomy, the dry bones of the body taken together; hence, in anatomy and zoology, some or any hard part, or the set of hard parts together, which form a support, scaffold, or framework of the body, sustaining, inclosing, or protecting soft parts or vital organs; connective tissue, especially when hard, as when fibrous, cuticular, corneous, cartilaginous, osseous, chitinous, calcareous, or silicious; an endoskeleton, exoskeleton, dermoskeleton, scleroskeleton, splanchnoskeleton, etc. (See these words.) More speciflcally
    • n skeleton The supporting framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages.
    • n skeleton An outline or rough draft of any kind; specifically, the outline of a literary performance: as, the skeleton of a sermon.
    • n skeleton Milit., a regiment whose numbers have become reduced by casualties, etc.
    • n skeleton A very lean or much emaciated person; a mere shadow of a man.
    • n skeleton In printing, an exceedingly thin or condensed form of light-faced type.
    • skeleton Of or pertaining to a skeleton; in the form of a skeleton; skeletal; lean.
    • skeleton Consisting of a mere framework, outline, or combination of supporting parts: as, a skeleton leaf; a skeleton crystal.
    • skeleton To skeletonize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Your skeleton keeps growing until you are about 35, then you start to shrink.
    • n Skeleton skel′e-tun the bones of an animal separated from the flesh and preserved in their natural position: the framework or outline of anything: a very lean and emaciated person: a very thin form of light-faced type
    • adj Skeleton pertaining to a skeleton—also Skel′etal
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Quotations

  • Virginia Woolf
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    “Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.”

Idioms

Skeleton in the closet - If someone has a skeleton in the closet, they have a dark, shameful secret in their past that they want to remain secret.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. (sc. ) a dried body, a mummy, fr. dried up, parched, to dry, dry up, parch

Usage

In literature:

Then there's another sayin' which mayhap you've heard of too: `every man's got a skeleton in the cupboard.
"Life in the Red Brigade" by R.M. Ballantyne
We are now in a position to study the rabbit's skeleton.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Directly ahead, and on the ledge in front of the recess were two skeletons.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Beautiful women had turned to gall on his tongue, shrunken to their skeletons in his weary eyes.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Yet the poor devils canter along, when they do not amble, and occasionally gallop clumsily on their unsteady, skeleton-like legs.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Hilton watched two ships combine against one skeleton.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
When you're through, leave the key in the skull of the skeleton behind the door.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Always remember that a skeleton with parts cut away or bones lost is about as good as none.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
It lies beside the skeleton of a horse.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
His figure was lean, and almost as lank as a skeleton.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Tiny electric lights blinked in every skeleton's sunken eyes and behind each grinning row of teeth.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
THE THORAX AND ABDOMEN TO THE OSSEOUS SKELETON.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Meantime Seville is to build a monument, and Santo Domingo is putting up another, each city claiming to have his only real skeleton.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
Bear, skeleton of, 174; feet of, 178.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)" by George John Romanes
I have now described all the differences in the skeletons which I have observed.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
OR, THE SKELETON'S BRIDE.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
His light found a squat skeleton sitting there grimacing at him.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
He'd wasted enough words on this walking skeleton from Sangamon County.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
And the hand that then bared his head was a skeleton hand!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
These skeletons, or parts of skeletons, are turning up every year, and we are just beginning to know much about them.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
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In poetry:

Said the Ayatollah skeleton
Die writer die
Said Joe Stalin's skeleton
That's no lie
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Are darkly standing,
Like skeletons grim,
'Gainst the fading light
Of the west, grown dim;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
A Cross upon the windy hill,
And a Cross on either side,
Three skeletons that swing thereon,
Who had been crucified.
"The Ballad Of Judas Iscariot" by Robert Williams Buchanan
Our skeletons will be stirring soon;
Something already touches me:
Off, till I drain one bottle more!
Vive la compagnie!
"Vers De Societe" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Now the river and the ocean,
Whispering, say: "Our floods alone
See white skeletons slow-moving
Near the olden walls of stone."
"Ugonde's Tale" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
The eve comes on: the teasel stoops
Its spike-crowned head before the blast;
The tattered leaves drive whirling past
Like skeletons in whistling troops.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The find is rare because it appears to include much of the animal's skeleton undisturbed.
Sues to return Tyrannosaurus skeleton to Mongolia.
Seeks to return Tyrannosaurus skeleton to Mongolia.
Tyrannosaurus skeleton at NYC auction.
A nearly complete Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton, the Asian cousin of the T-Rex dinosaur, is up for sale Sunday.
Complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton to be auctioned.
A nearly complete skeleton of a towering Tyrannosaurus bataar is set to go on auction on Sunday (May 20).
Rare Tyrannosaurus skeleton to be auctioned.
Natural History Auction Offers Chance to Fulfill Lifelong Dream of Owning Tyrannosaurus Skeleton.
Skeletons treated for vampirism found in Bulgaria.
An archaeologist cleans a skeleton during excavations in Bulgaria, where the remains of two bodies were found pierced with iron rods to keep them from turning into vampires.
Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth finishes her third heat in the women's skeleton event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, February 19, 2010.
Ghosts, mummies, bats, and skeletons.
Look at the skeleton man dance.
An eight-foot tall, 24-foot long Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton is seen in this photo from Heritage Auctions.
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In science:

If N = M ∪ W then W is connected and onto π1N because its 1-skeleton is a 1-skeleton of N .
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
This completes the proof of the 1-skeleton alignment lemma.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
For the other direction first apply the 1-skeleton alignment lemma.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
For example, if we take the 1-skeleton of the cube, with the usual orientation (Figure 2 A), we have F = 6, and all the faces are simple paths of the graph.
On the Genus of a Random Riemann Surface
We call the process (Yn )n∈N the vertical skeleton.
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
Definition 2.6 Suppose the vertical skeleton and the environments of the orientations are given.
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
Since the skeleton walk is a simple one-dimensional walk, we know that σ1 < ∞ almost surely.
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
Assume that f is defined on the n-skeleton of E1 .
Orbispaces and Orbifolds from the Point of View of the Borel Construction, a new Definition
We call the process (Yn )n∈N the vertical skeleton.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
N , such that τ1 random variables τk have the same law as the time of first return to the origin for the skeleton random walk.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
Let skn (T ) be the n-th skeleton of T when n ≥ 0 and sk−1(T ) = {∗}.
Higher arithmetic K-theory
The space of 1-skeletons of Regge polytopes.
The modular geometry of Random Regge Triangulations
In our case we must have nzeros (φ) = N2 (T ) with ki = 1, (corresponding to the fact that the 1-skeleton of |Pl | → M is a trivalent graph), and npoles (φ) = N0 (T ) with si = s ∀i, for a suitable positive integer s.
The modular geometry of Random Regge Triangulations
Roughly speaking the simple connectivity at infinity depends only on the 2-skeleton and any finite 2-complex corresponds to a presentation of G.
A refinement of the simple connectivity at infinity of groups
The Hasse graph of YN can be geometrically realized as the 1-skeleton of the cell complex dual to C .
Abelian ideals in a Borel subalgebra of a complex simple Lie algebra
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