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Etymology 1Edit

From Ancient Greek σκελετός (skeletós, dried up, withered, dried body, parched, mummy), from σκέλλω (skéllō, dry, dry up, make dry, parch), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelh₁- (to parch, wither); compare Greek σκληρός "hard".

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skeleton (plural skeletons or skeleta)

  1. (anatomy) The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.
  2. An anthropomorphic representation of a skeleton.
    She dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.
  3. (figuratively) A very thin person.
    She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.
  4. (figuratively) The central core of something that gives shape to the entire structure.
    The skeleton of the organisation is essentially the same as it was ten years ago, but many new faces have come and gone.
  5. (architecture) A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.
  6. (computing) A client-helper procedure that communicates with a stub.
    In remote method invocation, the client helper is a ‘stub’ and the service helper is a ‘skeleton’.
  7. (geometry) The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.
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skeleton (third-person singular simple present skeletons, present participle skeletoning, simple past and past participle skeletoned)

  1. (archaic) to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to skeletonize
  2. (archaic) to minimize

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Etymology 2Edit

 
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The etymology of the term is disputed between two versions.[1]

  • From the sled used, which originally was a bare frame, like a skeleton.[1]
  • From Norwegian kjaelke (a type of ice sled) through a bad anglicization as "skele".[1]

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skeleton (uncountable)

  1. (sports, uncountable) A type of tobogganing in which competitors lie face down, and descend head first (compare luge).
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 IBSF (International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation), "Skeleton history" (2015)

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skeleton

  1. accusative singular of skeleto

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skeleton m (uncountable)

  1. skeleton (winter sport)

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skeleton m (uncountable)

  1. skeleton (type of tobogganing)

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