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"skeleton" in British English

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skeletonnoun [C]

uk   /ˈskel.ɪ.tən/  us   /-t̬ən/
B2 the ​frame of ​bonessupporting a ​human or ​animalbody: We ​found an ​oldsheep skeleton up on the ​cliffs.figurative Her ​longillnessreduced her to a skeleton (= made her very ​thin). the most ​basicform or ​structure of something: The skeleton of my ​book is written/My ​book is in skeleton form - now I just have to ​add the ​details.

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(Definition of skeleton from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"skeleton" in American English

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skeletonnoun [C]

 us   /ˈskel·ɪ·tən/
the ​frame of ​bonessupporting a ​human or ​animalbody: We ​found a ​deer skeleton.
(Definition of skeleton from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"skeleton" in Business English

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skeletonadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈskelɪtən/
used to describe something in its most basic ​form: His ​solicitorconfirmed he had ​faxed a skeleton argument ​supporting his client's ​application for ​bail. The ​railcompany was hoping to ​run a skeleton ​service during the ​strike.a skeleton crew/staff/workforce The ​companycut 10 ​jobs in their Hong Kong ​office, ​leaving only a skeleton ​staff.
(Definition of skeleton from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “skeleton”
in Korean 뼈대, 골격…
in Arabic هَيْكَل عَظْمي…
in Malaysian rangka…
in French squelette, charpente…
in Russian скелет…
in Chinese (Traditional) 骨骼,骨架, 框架, 架構…
in Italian scheletro…
in Turkish iskelet…
in Polish szkielet…
in Spanish esqueleto, armazón…
in Vietnamese bộ xương, khung, sườn…
in Portuguese esqueleto…
in Thai โครงกระดูก, โครงสร้าง…
in German das Skelett…
in Catalan esquelet…
in Japanese がい骨, 骨格…
in Chinese (Simplified) 骨骼,骨架, 框架, 梗概,纲要…
in Indonesian tulang kerangka, kerangka…
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