- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for bone
Contemporary Examples of bone
Not long after I was finally diagnosed, my doctor ordered a bone density scan.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Yes, and soon your body will work the piece of bone out of the intestine.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
I always thought there was a bone density test or something to be able to get in.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre
November 9, 2014
Bone was a highly competent managing editor, and contrived somehow to squeeze us into the tumultuous Post office.
 Bone was an Indianan, and had a long and honorable career in journalism, stretching from 1881 to 1918.
Historical Examples of bone
The bullets of the posse had neither torn a tendon nor broken a bone.Way of the Lawless
I don't imagine there's a single one that cares a bone button for me.Quaint Courtships
The brain is hidden in darkness, sheltered within a box of bone.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
"The magic of this bone is a very great magic," Simba was saying.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
I had it now, the whole damnable, pitiful story, every fact clear-cut to the bone.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- 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)
Word Origin for bone
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.
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