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(Zoöl.), a small crustacean of the genus Caprella. See Illust. under Læmodipoda.

(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.

A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel.

2. (Wagon Making) A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle. Knight.

(Skein), n. (Zoöl.) A flight of wild fowl [Prov. Eng.]

(Skeine) n. See Skean.

(Skel"der) v. t. & i. [Etymol. uncertain.] To deceive; to cheat; to trick. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Skel"der), n. A vagrant; a cheat. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Skel"drake` or Skiel"drake`) , n. (Zoöl.) (a) The common European sheldrake. (b) The oyster catcher.

(Skel"et) n. A skeleton. See Scelet.

(Skel"e*tal) a. Pertaining to the skeleton.

(Skel`e*tog"e*nous) a. [Skeleton + -genous.] Forming or producing parts of the skeleton.

(Skel`e*tol"o*gy) n. [Skeleton + -logy.] That part of anatomy which treats of the skeleton; also, a treatise on the skeleton.

(Skel"e*ton) n. [NL., fr. Gr. (sc. ) a dried body, a mummy, fr. dried up, parched, to dry, dry up, parch.]

1. (Anat.) (a) The bony and cartilaginous framework which supports the soft parts of a vertebrate animal. [See Illust. of the Human Skeleton, in Appendix.] (b) The more or less firm or hardened framework of an invertebrate animal.

In a wider sense, the skeleton includes the whole connective-tissue framework with the integument and its appendages. See Endoskeleton, and Exoskeleton.

2. Hence, figuratively: (a) A very thin or lean person. (b) The framework of anything; the principal parts that support the rest, but without the appendages.

The great skeleton of the world.
Sir M. Hale.

(c) The heads and outline of a literary production, especially of a sermon.

(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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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