- 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.
verb (used with object), boned, bon·ing.
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Idioms for bone
- 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 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
Words nearby bone
Example sentences from the Web for bone
The $1,500 Embody Gaming Chair has the bones of an office chair.Should your next home-office chair be an esports gaming chair?|Anne Quito|July 27, 2020|Quartz
After too long in microgravity, our muscles and bones become weak.
The man’s bones had previously been found in the Newgrange passage tomb, an earthen mound covering more than 4,000 square meters near the River Boyne.DNA from a 5,200-year-old Irish tomb hints at ancient royal incest|Bruce Bower|June 17, 2020|Science News
Archaeologist Ryan Rabett of Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland calls the new study of Sri Lankan bone points “suggestive but not definitive” evidence of bow-and-arrow hunting.Clues to the earliest known bow-and-arrow hunting outside Africa have been found|Bruce Bower|June 12, 2020|Science News
The tooth and six bone fragments are more than 40,000 years old.This cave hosted the oldest known human remains in Europe|Bruce Bower|June 12, 2020|Science News For Students
Not long after I was finally diagnosed, my doctor ordered a bone density scan.
Later studies showed that only gaining weight and the return of natural menstruation help improve bone density.
My doctor put me on oral contraceptives to induce a period, figuring it would help build bone.
This leaves people with a history of anorexia and reduced bone density like me at high risk for fractures.
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.
I saw this girl, eight or nine years old, all benumbed and nothing but skin and bone.
Large mononuclear leukocytes probably originate in the bone-marrow or spleen.
That we will, and you never need want, Mark, for I've many a fine bone buried away against old age and rainy weather.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
Myelocytes are the bone-marrow cells from which the corresponding granular leukocytes are developed.
Polymorphonuclear leukocytes are formed in the bone-marrow from neutrophilic myelocytes.
British Dictionary definitions for bone (1 of 2)
- risqué or indecenthis jokes are rather close to the bone
- in poverty; destitute
- to be direct and candid about
- to have no scruples about
- to wish bad luck (on)
- to threaten to bring about the downfall (of)
verb (mainly tr)
Derived forms of boneboneless, adjective
Word Origin for bone
British Dictionary definitions for bone (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for bone
Scientific definitions for bone
Idioms and Phrases with bone
In addition to the idioms beginning with bone
- bone of contention
- bone to pick, have a
- bone up
- bare bones
- chilled to the bone
- cut to the bone
- feel in one's bones
- funny bone
- make no bones about
- pull a boner
- roll the bones
- skin and bones
- work one's fingers to the bone