Skeleton key
Skeleton Skel"e*ton, a. 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. [1913 Webster]

{Skeleton bill}, a bill or draft made out in blank as to the amount or payee, but signed by the acceptor. [Eng.]

{Skeleton key}, a key with nearly the whole substance of the web filed away, to adapt it to avoid the wards of a lock; a master key; -- used for opening locks to which it has not been especially fitted.

{Skeleton leaf}, a leaf from which the pulpy part has been removed by chemical means, the fibrous part alone remaining.

{Skeleton proof}, a proof of a print or engraving, with the inscription outlined in hair strokes only, such proofs being taken before the engraving is finished.

{Skeleton regiment}, a regiment which has its complement of officers, but in which there are few enlisted men.

{Skeleton shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), a small crustacean of the genus {Caprella}. See Illust. under {L[ae]modipoda}. [1913 Webster]


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  • skeleton key — skeleton keys N COUNT A skeleton key is a key which has been specially made so that it will open many different locks …   English dictionary

  • skeleton key — n a key made to open a number of different locks …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • skeleton key — skeleton ,key noun count a key that can open many different locks …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • skeleton key — ► NOUN ▪ a key designed to fit many locks by having the interior of the bit hollowed …   English terms dictionary

  • skeleton key — n. a key having a large part of the bit filed away so that it can be used to open any of various simple locks …   English World dictionary

  • Skeleton key — A skeleton key (Master key) is either a key that has been altered in such a way as to bypass the wards placed inside a warded lock, or an American term for a lever or bit type key.Warded locksA skeleton key is one that has been filed or cut so… …   Wikipedia

  • skeleton key — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms skeleton key : singular skeleton key plural skeleton keys a key that can open many different locks …   English dictionary

  • skeleton key — noun a passkey with much of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks • Hypernyms: ↑passkey, ↑passe partout, ↑master key, ↑master * * * noun, pl ⋯ keys [count] : a key that is made to open many different locks * * * ˈskeleton key… …   Useful english dictionary

  • skeleton key — noun Date: 1810 a key with a large part of the bit filed away to enable it to open low quality locks as a master key …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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