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.

Nearby words

  1. skeletally,
  2. skeleton,
  3. skeleton car,
  4. skeleton in the closet,
  5. skeleton key,
  6. skelf,
  7. skelic index,
  8. skell,
  9. skellum,
  10. skelly

Also especially British, skel·e·ton·ise.

Origin of skeletonize

First recorded in 1635–45; skeleton + -ize

Related formsskel·e·ton·i·za·tion, nounskel·e·ton·iz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

British Dictionary definitions for skeletonize



verb (tr)

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