- to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework.
- to reduce in size or number, as a military unit.
- to construct in outline.
Also especially British, skel·e·ton·ise.
Origin of skeletonize
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We skeletonize our thoughts behind the scenes, but the skeleton is rather an unsightly specimen to exhibit before a class.Principles of Teaching
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- to reduce to a minimum framework, number, or outline
- to create the essential framework of
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