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.
such a structure from an edible animal, usually with meat adhering to it, as an article of food: Pea soup should be made with a ham bone.
any of various similarly hard or structural animal substances, as ivory or whalebone.
something made of or resembling such a substance.
a small concession, intended to pacify or quiet; a conciliatory bribe or gift: The administration threw the student protesters a couple of bones, but refused to make any basic changes in the curriculum or requirements.
the color of bone; ivory or off-white.
a flat strip of whalebone or other material for stiffening corsets, petticoats, etc.; stay.
Games Slang. a domino.
to remove the bones from: to bone a turkey.
to put whalebone or another stiffener into (clothing).
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with: He was boning his best friend's wife!
Agriculture. to put bone meal into (feed, fertilizer, etc.).
Idioms about bone
bone up, Informal. to study intensely; cram: We're going to have to bone up for the exam.
feel in one's bones, to think or feel intuitively: She felt in her bones that it was going to be a momentous day.
have a bone to pick with someone, to have cause to disagree or argue with someone:The teacher had a bone to pick with him because his homework paper was identical with his neighbor's.
make no bones about,
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 bone,
to the essentials; to the minimum: The government cut social service programs to the bone.
to an extreme degree; thoroughly: chilled to the bone.
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How to use bone in a sentence
The winged out smokey eye trailed into the brow bone, and dusted the inner corner for an even more pronounced “empress” look.Ebonee Davis’s Birthday Makeup Was A Tribute To The Ancestors | Steven Psyllos | November 20, 2020 | Essence.com
Our grandkids are not going to be in vehicles powered by dinosaur bones.How to play the 2021 recovery, according to investing experts | matthewheimer | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
Every day he went to a landfill where he bought piles of paper and bones from scavengers and then shoveled the waste onto a truck.
Almost a year later, he said the bone still feels dislocated.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories | by Melissa Sanchez | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
Families gathered near the beach to enjoy the spectacle—only to be showered with rainstorms of flesh, blood, and bone.Remembering one of history’s greatest whale explosions | Sara Kiley Watson | November 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
With its exquisite landscapes, birds-eye view and soothing cinematic music, Drone Boning makes sex look like art.
No actual sex happened during the filming of Drone Boning—it was all simulated.
Never the less, Drone Boning is by far the superior production.
But instead of boning up on trivia, he read my blog—and schooled himself on game theory.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate | Keith Williams | February 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For the young socialite, who is hotly tipped to marry Prince Harry, appears to be boning up babies.Baby Books Suggest Cressida Bonas Has Babies On The Brain | Tom Sykes | December 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I give you the boned quail to show you what an exceedingly simple operation boning is.
Boning, as will be readily understood, consists in removing the flesh from the bones before the bird is cooked.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The bird may be drawn or not before boning it, but in any event care must be taken not to break any part of the skin.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Sticking up a bank, or boning a flock of maiden ewes to take up a run with?Robbery Under Arms | Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
It is like a broken down importer of French silks embarking in the soap-boning business.Redburn. His First Voyage | Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for bone (1 of 2)
any of the various structures that make up the skeleton in most vertebrates
the porous rigid tissue of which these parts are made, consisting of a matrix of collagen and inorganic salts, esp calcium phosphate, interspersed with canals and small holes: Related adjectives: osseous, osteal
something consisting of bone or a bonelike substance
(plural) the human skeleton or body: they laid his bones to rest; come and rest your bones
a thin strip of whalebone, light metal, plastic, etc, used to stiffen corsets and brassieres
(plural) the essentials (esp in the phrase the bare bones): to explain the bones of a situation
(plural) an informal nickname for a doctor
close to the bone or near the bone
risqué or indecent: his jokes are rather close to the bone
in poverty; destitute
feel in one's bones to have an intuition of
have a bone to pick to have grounds for a quarrel
make no bones about
to be direct and candid about
to have no scruples about
point the bone (often foll by at) Australian
to wish bad luck (on)
to threaten to bring about the downfall (of)
to remove the bones from (meat for cooking, etc)
to stiffen (a corset, etc) by inserting bones
to fertilize with bone meal
taboo, slang to have sexual intercourse with
British a slang word for steal
- See also bone up
- boneless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Bône (2 of 2)
a former name of Annaba
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Scientific definitions for bone
The hard, dense, calcified tissue that forms the skeleton of most vertebrates, consisting of a matrix made up of collagen fibers and mineral salts. There are two main types of bone structure: compact, which is solid and hard, and cancellous, which is spongy in appearance. Bone serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles and protects vital organs, such as the brain, heart, and lungs. See more at osteoblast osteocyte.
Any of the structures made of bone that constitute a skeleton, such as the femur. The human skeleton consists of 206 bones.
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Other 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
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