skeleton ˈskɛl ɪ tn
something reduced to its minimal form
"the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
skeleton, skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard (noun)
a scandal that is kept secret
"there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
skeletal system, skeleton, frame, systema skeletale (noun)
the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
skeleton, skeletal frame, frame, underframe (noun)
the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
"the building has a steel skeleton"