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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Skeleton \Skel"e*ton\, a. Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton crystal. [1913 Webster] Skeleton bill, a bill or draft made out in blank as to the amount or payee, but signed by the acceptor. [Eng.] Skeleton key, a key with nearly the whole substance of the web filed away, to adapt it to avoid the wards of a lock; a master key; -- used for opening locks to which it has not been especially fitted. Skeleton leaf, a leaf from which the pulpy part has been removed by chemical means, the fibrous part alone remaining. Skeleton proof, a proof of a print or engraving, with the inscription outlined in hair strokes only, such proofs being taken before the engraving is finished. Skeleton regiment, a regiment which has its complement of officers, but in which there are few enlisted men. Skeleton shrimp (Zool.), a small crustacean of the genus Caprella. See Illust. under Laemodipoda. [1913 Webster]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

SKELETON BILL, com. law. A blank paper, properly stamped, in those countries where stamps are required, with the name of a person signed at the bottom. 2. In such case the person signing the paper will be held as the drawer or acceptor, as it may be, of any bill which shall afterwards be written above his name to the sum of which the stamp is applicable. 1 Bell's Com. 390, 5th ed.