[ skel-i-tn-ahyz ]
/ ˈskɛl ɪ tnˌaɪz /
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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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Also especially British, skel·e·ton·ise .

Origin of skeletonize

First recorded in 1635–45; skeleton + -ize
skel·e·ton·i·za·tion, nounskel·e·ton·iz·er, noun
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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|Adam S. Bennion

British Dictionary definitions for skeletonize



/ (ˈskɛlɪtəˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to reduce to a minimum framework, number, or outline
to create the essential framework of
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