Skéleton. n.s. [σκελετὸς, Greek.]
- [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.
- 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.