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Skéleton. n.s. [σκελετὸς, Greek.]

  1. [In anatomy.] The bones of the body preserved together as much as can be in their natural situation. Quincy.

    When rattling bones together fly,
    From the four corners of the sky;
    When sinews o'er the skeletons are spread,
    Those cloth'd with flesh, and life inspires the dead.
    Dryden.

    A skeleton, in outward figure,
    His meagre corps, though full of vigour,
    Would halt behind him were it bigger.
     
     
    Swift.

  2. The compages of the principal parts.

    The great structure itself, and its great integrals, the heavenly and elementary bodies, are framed in such a position and situation, the great skeleton of the world. Hale.

    The schemes of any of the arts or sciences may be analyzed in a sort of skeleton, and represented upon tables, with the various dependencies of their several parts. Watts.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Quincy, John (60) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Watts, Isaac (117)

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