Skeleton vs Bones - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between skeleton and bones

is that skeleton is (anatomy) the system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals while bones is .

As a verb skeleton

is (archaic) to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to skeletonize.

skeleton

English

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Alternative forms

* sceleton

Noun

(en-noun)
  • (anatomy) The system that provides support to an organism, internal and made up of bones and cartilage in vertebrates, external in some other animals.
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  • At the foot of a pretty big pine, and involved in a green creeper, which had even partly lifted some of the smaller bones, a human skeleton lay, with a few shreds of clothing, on the ground.
  • A frame that provides support to a building or other construction.
  • (figuratively) A very thin person.
  • She lost so much weight while she was ill that she became a skeleton.
  • (From the sled used, which originally was a bare frame, like a skeleton.) A type of tobogganing in which competitors lie face down, and descend head first (compare luge). See
  • (computing) A client-helper procedure that communicates with a stub.
  • RMI Nomenclature: in RMI, the client helper is a 'stub' and the service helper is a 'skeleton'.
  • (geometry) The vertices and edges of a polyhedron, taken collectively.
  • An anthropomorphic representation of a skeleton. See
  • She dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.
  • (figuratively) The central core of something that gives shape to the entire structure.
  • The skeleton of the organisation is essentially the same as it was ten years ago, but many new faces have come and gone.

    Synonyms

    * (anatomy) ottomy (obsolete) * (type of tobogganing) skeleton tobogganing * (central core giving shape to something) backbone * (very thin person) See also

    Antonyms

    * (computing) stub

    Derived terms

    * skeletal * skeletally

    See also

    * bone * luge

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (archaic) to reduce to a skeleton; to skin; to skeletonize
  • (archaic) to minimize
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    bones

    English

    Noun

    (head)
  • English plurals
  • A percussive folk musical instrument played as a pair in one hand, often made from bovine ribs.
  • (informal) The act of two fists meeting together in the manner equivalent to a high-five.
  • Synonyms

    * (fists meeting equivalent to a high-five) props

    Verb

    (head)
  • (bone)
  • Anagrams

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