Pronunciation: (skel'i-tn-īz"), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework.
2. to reduce in size or number, as a military unit.
3. to construct in outline. Also, esp. Brit.,skel'e•ton•ise".
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