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Definition of skeletal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(technology) connected with the skeleton of a person or an animal Skeletal remains of the earliest dinosaurs are rare.
  2. 2looking like a skeleton skeletal figures dressed in rags She stretched out a skeletal hand.
  3. 3that exists only in a basic form, as an outline He has written only a skeletal plot for the book so far.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: skeletal