- Anatomy, Zoology.
- one of the structures composing the skeleton of a vertebrate.
- the hard connective tissue forming the substance of the skeleton of most vertebrates, composed of a collagen-rich organic matrix impregnated with calcium, phosphate, and other minerals.
- such a structure from an edible animal, usually with meat adhering to it, as an article of food: Pea soup should be made with a ham bone.
- any of various similarly hard or structural animal substances, as ivory or whalebone.
- something made of or resembling such a substance.
- a small concession, intended to pacify or quiet; a conciliatory bribe or gift: The administration threw the student protesters a couple of bones, but refused to make any basic changes in the curriculum or requirements.
- the color of bone; ivory or off-white.
- a flat strip of whalebone or other material for stiffening corsets, petticoats, etc.; stay.
- Games Slang. a domino.
- completely; absolutely: bone tired.
- bone up, Informal. to study intensely; cram: We're going to have to bone up for the exam.
- feel in one's bones, to think or feel intuitively: She felt in her bones that it was going to be a momentous day.
- have a bone to pick with someone, to have cause to disagree or argue with someone: The teacher had a bone to pick with him because his homework paper was identical with his neighbor's.
- make no bones about,
- to deal with in a direct manner; act or speak openly: He makes no bones about his dislike of modern music.
- to have no fear of or objection to.
- to the bone,
- to the essentials; to the minimum: The government cut social service programs to the bone.
- to an extreme degree; thoroughly: chilled to the bone.
Origin of bone
- a seaport in NE Algeria: site of Hippo Regius.
Examples from the Web for bones
Instead of being strong and resilient, bones become weak and brittle.
My surgeon told me my bones were so soft he could barely install the screws.
But even if the great conqueror lies elsewhere, the Kasta bones might well be those of his wife.Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb—or His Wife’s?
December 12, 2014
Chiefly, we forgot the many, many problems there are with the bones—the book and score—to this show.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
December 5, 2014
Sticks and stones may break my bones / but chains and whips excite me.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
It is a happy man who has divined the leisure of eternity, so he feels it, like what you say, 'in his bones.'The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They now state they are only horses' bones, and not men's, as first stated.Explorations in Australia
There's no good to mortal creature i' the bones or blood of her!Weighed and Wanting
And now, through flesh and bones that vengeful weapon grinds!
Strain the liquid from the veal and bones and remove the fat.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- a former name of Annaba
- a port in NE Algeria: site of the Roman city of Hippo Regius. Pop: 382 000 (2005 est)Former name: Bône
- any of the various structures that make up the skeleton in most vertebrates
- the porous rigid tissue of which these parts are made, consisting of a matrix of collagen and inorganic salts, esp calcium phosphate, interspersed with canals and small holesRelated adjectives: osseous, osteal
- something consisting of bone or a bonelike substance
- (plural) the human skeleton or bodythey laid his bones to rest; come and rest your bones
- a thin strip of whalebone, light metal, plastic, etc, used to stiffen corsets and brassieres
- (plural) the essentials (esp in the phrase the bare bones)to explain the bones of a situation
- (plural) dice
- (plural) an informal nickname for a doctor
- close to the bone or near the bone
- risqué or indecenthis jokes are rather close to the bone
- in poverty; destitute
- feel in one's bones to have an intuition of
- have a bone to pick to have grounds for a quarrel
- make no bones about
- to be direct and candid about
- to have no scruples about
- point the bone (often foll by at) Australian
- to wish bad luck (on)
- to threaten to bring about the downfall (of)
- to remove the bones from (meat for cooking, etc)
- to stiffen (a corset, etc) by inserting bones
- to fertilize with bone meal
- taboo, slang to have sexual intercourse with
- British a slang word for steal
Word Origin and History for bones
plural of bone (n.). As a colloquial way to say "dice," it is attested from late 14c. As a nickname for a surgeon, it dates to 1887, short for sawbones. To make bones about something (mid-15c.) refers to bones found in soup, etc., as an obstacle to being swallowed. To feel something in one's bones "have a presentiment" is 1867, American English.
Old English ban "bone, tusk," from Proto-Germanic *bainam (cf. Old Frisian ben, Old Norse bein, Danish ben, German Bein). No cognates outside Germanic (the common PIE root is *os-; see osseous); the Norse, Dutch, and German cognates also mean "shank of the leg," and this is the main meaning in Modern German, but English never seems to have had this sense.
especially in bone up "study," 1880s student slang, probably from "Bohn's Classical Library," a popular series in higher education published by German-born English publisher Henry George Bohn (1796-1884) as part of a broad series of "libraries" he issued from 1846, totaling 766 volumes, continued after 1864 by G. Bell & Sons.
- The dense, semirigid, porous, calcified connective tissue forming the major portion of the skeleton of most vertebrates, consisting of a dense organic matrix and an inorganic, mineral component.
- Any of the more than 200 anatomically distinct structures making up the human skeleton.
- A piece of bone.
- The hard, dense, calcified tissue that forms the skeleton of most vertebrates, consisting of a matrix made up of collagen fibers and mineral salts. There are two main types of bone structure: compact, which is solid and hard, and cancellous, which is spongy in appearance. Bone serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles and protects vital organs, such as the brain, heart, and lungs. See more at osteoblast osteocyte.
- Any of the structures made of bone that constitute a skeleton, such as the femur. The human skeleton consists of 206 bones.