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skeletonize

[ skel-i-tn-ahyz ]
/ 藞sk蓻l 瑟 tn藢a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), skel路e路ton路ized, skel路e路ton路iz路ing.
to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework.
to reduce in size or number, as a military unit.
to construct in outline.
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Also especially British, skel路e路ton路ise .

Origin of skeletonize

First recorded in 1635鈥45; skeleton + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM skeletonize

skel路e路ton路i路za路tion, nounskel路e路ton路iz路er, noun
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How to use skeletonize in a sentence

  • We skeletonize our thoughts behind the scenes, but the skeleton is rather an unsightly specimen to exhibit before a class.

    Principles of Teaching|Adam S. Bennion

British Dictionary definitions for skeletonize

skeletonize

skeletonise

/ (藞sk蓻l瑟t蓹藢na瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to reduce to a minimum framework, number, or outline
to create the essential framework of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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