skeletonize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1644 to produce in or reduce to skeleton form <
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  • Skeletonize — Skel e*ton*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Skeletonized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skeletonizing}.] To prepare a skeleton of; also, to reduce, as a leaf, to its skeleton. Pop. Sci. Monthly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skeletonize — (Amer.) skel·e·ton·ize || skelɪtÉ™naɪz/ tÉ™naɪz v. make into a skeleton; reduce to the most basic form; reduce in size, reduce in number; make an outline (also skeletonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • skeletonize — [skel′ə tənīz΄] vt. skeletonized, skeletonizing 1. to reduce to a skeleton or a bare framework 2. to outline or sketch (a story, report, etc.) briefly 3. to reduce (a work force, etc.) greatly in number or size …   English World dictionary

  • skeletonize — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷tənˌīz verb ( ed/ ing/ s) transitive verb : to produce in or reduce to skeleton form or strength skeletonize a leaf as a. (1) : to produce or reproduce in brief outline …   Useful english dictionary

  • skeletonize — skeleton ► NOUN 1) an internal or external framework of bone, cartilage, or other rigid material supporting or containing the body of an animal or plant. 2) a very thin or emaciated person or animal. 3) a supporting framework, basic structure, or …   English terms dictionary

  • skeletonize — skeletonization, n. skeletonizer, n. /skel i tn uyz /, v.t., skeletonized, skeletonizing. 1. to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework. 2. to reduce in size or number, as a military unit. 3. to construct in outline. Also, esp. Brit.,… …   Universalium

  • skeletonize — verb To reduce to a skeleton …   Wiktionary

  • skeletonize — skel·e·ton·ize …   English syllables

  • skeletonize — skel•e•ton•ize [[t]ˈskɛl ɪ tnˌaɪz[/t]] v. t. ized, iz•ing to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework • Etymology: 1635–45 skel′e•ton•iz er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • Skeletonized — Skeletonize Skel e*ton*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Skeletonized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skeletonizing}.] To prepare a skeleton of; also, to reduce, as a leaf, to its skeleton. Pop. Sci. Monthly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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