Skeleton leaf
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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skeleton bill — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skeleton proof — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skeleton regiment — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skeleton shrimp — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skeleton — skeletonless, adj. skeletonlike, adj. /skel i tn/, n. 1. Anat., Zool. the bones of a human or an animal considered as a whole, together forming the framework of the body. 2. any of various structures forming a rigid framework in an invertebrate.… …   Universalium

  • skeleton — skel•e•ton [[t]ˈskɛl ɪ tn[/t]] n. 1) anat. zool. the bones of a vertebrate considered as a whole, together forming the internal framework of the body 2) anat. zool. any of various structures forming a rigid framework in certain invertebrates 3)… …   From formal English to slang

  • skeleton — I. /ˈskɛlətn / (say skeluhtn) noun 1. the bones of a human or other animal body considered together, or assembled or fitted together as a framework; the bony or cartilaginous framework of a vertebrate animal. 2. Colloquial a very lean person or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • leaf peeper — (LEEF peep.ur) n. A person who, at the appropriate time during autumn, seeks out an area where many or most of the tree leaves have turned color. leaf peeping pp. Example Citation: Last Saturday, 13 tour buses lumbered through Montpelier, Vt., to …   New words

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