- 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 boning
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Also, on their honeymoon, Edward breaks the bedframe from the ferocity of boning.
The work of boning is not difficult, but it requires practice.The Italian Cook Book|Maria Gentile
When they were not boning away over their lessons they were getting the Dartaway in readiness for the trip.The Motor Boys After a Fortune|Clarence Young
He had shut himself in the clubroom over the grill and had been boning for an examination.Battling the Clouds|Captain Frank Cobb
No boning to do, and we can slip away with some eats on the side and have a grub-fest.Tom Fairfield's Hunting Trip|Allen Chapman
The following process of boning, however, applies to all birds.Choice Cookery|Catherine Owen
British Dictionary definitions for boning (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for boning (2 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 Formsboneless, adjective
Word Origin for bone
Medicine definitions for boning
Science definitions for boning
Idioms and Phrases with boning
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