- 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
Definition for bone (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for bone
Not long after I was finally diagnosed, my doctor ordered a bone density scan.
Yes, and soon your body will work the piece of bone out of the intestine.
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|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
The cancer of the cheek in the parent becomes cancer of the bone in the child.
The sound of Blink gnawing her bone beneath the bed alone broke the silence.The Burning Spear|John Galsworthy
This bone is used for many purposes; among others, it is used in a powdered state as a dentifrice.The Ocean World:|Louis Figuier
Heifer meat is smaller in the bone and lighter in color than ox beef.The Story of Crisco|Marion Harris Neil
Makatalungun ka sa bukug nga may lungag sa tungà, You can make a pipe stem out of a bone that has a hole in its center.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
British Dictionary definitions for bone (1 of 3)
- 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 Formsboneless, adjective
Word Origin for bone
British Dictionary definitions for bone (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for bone (3 of 3)
Medicine definitions for bone
Science 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