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I saw a riddle:

I am whole but incomplete,
I have no eyes, yet I see.
You can see, and see right through me.
My largest part is one fourth of what I once was.
What am I?

Apparently the answer is:

A skeleton

but I don't understand it. How does it "see"? How is its largest part one fourth of what it once was?

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I am whole but incomplete

This means a skeleton is whole considering it as a structure. But it is just a part of the body. So it's incomplete.

I have no eyes, yet I see.
You can see, and see right through me.

This means skeletons don't have eyes - just the holes. By yet I can 'see' it refers to the 'see' in the word 's'k'e'l'e'ton. The same is meant by 'you can see', and 'see right through me'. Which makes it clear that we can see the word 'see' in (right through) 'skeleton'.

(Or as mentioned in the comments: people perceive a skeleton to "see" through its eye sockets, even though it no longer has eyes. And people can see through the gaps in a skeleton.)

My largest part is one fourth of what I once was.

The largest part of a skeleton is the femur, which is one fourth of the body (which the skeleton once was) in length.

Hope it's clear now.

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    $\begingroup$ The "see" thing seems like a bit of a stretch. I still don't understand the "one fourth" part. 1/4 by mass? I find that hard to believe. $\endgroup$ – jamesdlin Dec 1 '14 at 10:09
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    $\begingroup$ @jamesdlin: It's not 1/4 by mass. But by length. $\endgroup$ – AeJey Dec 1 '14 at 10:18
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    $\begingroup$ The femur, or thigh bone, is the longest and heaviest bone in the body. Its length varies from one fourth to one third of that of the body; $\endgroup$ – AeJey Dec 1 '14 at 10:23
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    $\begingroup$ also, you can see through a skeleton because there are gaps eg between the ribs $\endgroup$ – Kate Gregory Dec 1 '14 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ @KateGregory that's what i thought as well. $\endgroup$ – Cthulhu Dec 1 '14 at 13:47
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I had given another answer:

Camera

I am whole but incomplete,

A camera is whole if no parts are missing, no doubts. But also, a campera is incomplete without the photograph, because it cannot act by itself.

I have no eyes, yet I see.

A camera can "see" with its photosensor but it has no eyes.

You can see, and see right through me.

If you use your camera, you look "through" it to get the perspective. That's not my subject and I cannot name it, but classic cameras have these monocular-like windows to look through. (If one could write the term as a comment, thanks.)

My largest part is one fourth of what I once was.

The largest part is the case, cameras have been very large in the past.

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    $\begingroup$ -1 This doesn't answer the question. The OP specifically wanted to understand how the answer 'skeleton' fits in with the question. $\endgroup$ – yuritsuki Dec 1 '14 at 15:13

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