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skeleton

noun [C]     /ˈskel.ɪ.tən/ US  /-t̬ən/
B2 the frame of bones supporting a human or animal body : We found an old sheep skeleton up on the cliffs .figurative Her long illness reduced her to a skeleton (= made her very thin ).Bone structures the most basic form 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 .Frames and structures
(Definition of skeleton noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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