- 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
Example sentences from the Web for bone
This year, a bare-bones welfare program will continue into the New Year without being updated.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block|Monica Potts|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Hardy and Hicks flung the huge marrow bones with which they happened to be engaged at the time.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
They are votaries of the weed, making their pipes either out of driftwood, or of the bones of animals they have used for food.
They attend to the burial of the poor, and of the bones of those who are hanged, which duty they see to once each year.
The second word should indicate by its consonants the numbers of the bones to which the attachment is made.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
I hoped till morning, as a lion so hath he broken all my bones: from morning even to night thou wilt make an end of me.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
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