verb (used with object), skel·e·ton·ized, skel·e·ton·iz·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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delineate, summarize, describe, draft, portray, depict, chart, paint, chalk, plot, skeleton, trace, characterize, adumbrate, recapitulate, blueprint, represent, develop, doodle, detail
- skeleton car,
- skeleton in the closet,
- skeleton key,
- skelic index,
Also especially British, skel·e·ton·ise.
Origin of skeletonize
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Examples from the Web for skeletonize
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
to reduce to a minimum framework, number, or outline
to create the essential framework of
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