- The definition of a bone is a part of a skeleton.
An example of a bone is a rib.
- Bone means to study fast and hard, or to remove part of the skeleton.
- An example of bone is to cram for a test.
- An example of bone is to remove the ribs from a chicken breast.
The bones of the human hand and forearm.
bone definition by Webster's New World
- any of the separate parts of the hard connective tissue forming the skeleton of most full-grown vertebrate animals
- this tissue, composed essentially of living cells embedded in hard calcium compounds
- the skeleton
- the body, living or dead
- a bonelike substance or part, as whalebone
- a thing made of bone or of bonelike material; specif.,
- a corset stay
- Informal dice
- flat sticks used as clappers in minstrel shows
- ☆ an end man in a minstrel show
- bone white
Origin: Middle English bon ; from Old English ban, bone, especially of a limb, akin to German bein, a leg; only Germanic
- to remove the bones from
- to put whalebone or other stiffening into
- to fertilize with bone meal
bone definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The dense, semirigid, porous, calcified connective tissue forming the major portion of the skeleton of most vertebrates. It consists of a dense organic matrix and an inorganic, mineral component.b. Any of numerous anatomically distinct structures making up the skeleton of a vertebrate animal. There are more than 200 different bones in the human body.c. A piece of bone.
- bonesa. The skeleton.b. The body.c. Mortal remains.
- An animal structure or material, such as ivory, resembling bone.
- Something made of bone or of material resembling bone, especially:a. A piece of whalebone or similar material used as a corset stay.b. bones Informal Dice.
- bones The fundamental plan or design, as of the plot of a book.
- a. bones Flat clappers made of bone or wood originally used by the end man in a minstrel show.b. Bones (used with a sing. verb) The end man in a minstrel show.
- To remove the bones from.
- To stiffen (a piece of clothing) with stays, as of whalebone.
Origin: Middle English bon, from Old English bān.
bone - Medical Definition
- The dense, semirigid, porous, calcified connective tissue forming the major portion of the skeleton of most vertebrates, consisting of a dense organic matrix and an inorganic, mineral component.
- Any of the more than 200 anatomically distinct structures making up the human skeleton.
- A piece of bone.
cross section of an adult femur
bone - Phrases/Idioms
feel in one's bonesâ
have a bone to pick
make no bones aboutInformal
- to make no attempt to hide; admit freely
- to have no objection to or qualms about
bone of contention
bone to pick
bone - Science Definition
- 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.