- 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 bones (2 of 2)
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.
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|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sticks and stones may break my bones / but chains and whips excite me.
I was told that the bones were not replaced but that sticks were inserted to maintain the fingers in proper shape.
The devi filled his mouth, tore off the flesh, and threw the bones to the three brothers.Georgian Folk Tales|Unknown
The operation is carried out on the same lines as for recent fracture, the ends of the bones being rawed and adhesions divided.
Our horses were so exhausted and thin that on their bones we could have hung our overcoats.Beasts, Men and Gods|Ferdinand Ossendowski
The cartilaginous ends of the bones grow rapidly, but ossification does not keep pace with it.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for bones (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for bones (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for bones (3 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
Medicine definitions for bones
Science definitions for bones
Idioms and Phrases with bones
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