1) ADJ: ADJ n Skeletal means relating to the bones in your body.

...the skeletal remains of seven adults.

...the skeletal system.

2) ADJ-GRADED A skeletal person is so thin that you can see their bones through their skin.

...a hospital filled with skeletal children.

3) ADJ-GRADED Something that is skeletal has been reduced to its basic structure.

Passenger services can best be described as skeletal.

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  • Skeletal — Skel e*tal, a. Pertaining to the skeleton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skeletal — 1854; see SKELETON (Cf. skeleton) + AL (Cf. al) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • skeletal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or functioning as a skeleton. 2) existing only in outline or as a framework. 3) very thin; emaciated. DERIVATIVES skeletally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • skeletal — adjective 1. of or relating to or forming or attached to a skeleton (Freq. 13) the skeletal system skeletal bones skeletal muscles • Pertains to noun: ↑skeleton • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • skeletal — skel|e|tal [ˈskelıtəl] adj 1.) like a skeleton or relating to a skeleton ▪ Police discovered the skeletal remains of a corpse buried near the river. 2.) someone who is skeletal is so thin that you can see their bones through their skin ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • skeletal — skel|e|tal [ skelıtl, skə litl ] adjective 1. ) relating to a skeleton: a skeletal disorder 2. ) extremely thin: skeletal limbs 3. ) consisting only of basic details: skeletal plans …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • skeletal — UK [ˈskelɪt(ə)l] / US [ˈskelɪt(ə)l, skəˈlɪt(ə)l] adjective 1) relating to a skeleton a skeletal disorder 2) extremely thin skeletal limbs 3) consisting only of basic details skeletal plans …   English dictionary

  • Skeletal — Pertaining to the skeleton, the bones of the body which collectively provide the framework for the body. * * * Relating to the skeleton. * * * skel·e·tal skel ət əl, Brit sometimes ske lēt əl adj of, relating to, forming, attached to, or… …   Medical dictionary

  • skeletal — adj. Skeletal is used with these nouns: ↑finger, ↑muscle, ↑remains, ↑structure …   Collocations dictionary

  • skeletal — adjective like a skeleton or connected with a skeleton: the skeletal bodies of the starving people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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