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noun [countable]     skeleton pronunciation in British English
/ˈskelɪt(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    the set of bones that supports a human or animal body, or a model of this

    a dinosaur skeleton

    He dug up some bones from a human skeleton.

  2. 2
    the basic parts of something such as a plan or organization without any details

    a skeleton argument

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    (sport) a winter sport where one person rides a small sled down a frozen trackSubmitted from United Kingdom on 13/02/2014
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