Bone definition

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This tissue, composed essentially of living cells embedded in hard calcium compounds.
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A bonelike substance or part, as whalebone.
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To remove the bones from.

Bone a fish.

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Any of the separate parts of the hard connective tissue forming the skeleton of most full-grown vertebrate animals.
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The skeleton.
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A thing made of bone or of bonelike material.
  • A corset stay.
  • (informal) Dice.
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To study hard and hurriedly, as in preparation for an examination; cram.
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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.
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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.
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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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Something made of bone or of material resembling bone, especially:
  • A piece of whalebone or similar material used as a corset stay.
  • (informal) Dice.
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(vulgar slang) To have sexual intercourse.
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To remove the bones from.
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To fertilize with bone meal.
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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.

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The definition of a bone is a part of a skeleton.

An example of a bone is a rib.

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The fundamental plan or design, as of the plot of a book.
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(vulgar slang) The penis.
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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.
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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.
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A piece of bone.
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The skeleton.
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The body.

These old bones don't do much dancing anymore.

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Mortal remains.

His bones are buried up on the hill.

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Flat clappers made of bone or wood originally used by the end man in a minstrel show.
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The end man in a minstrel show.
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To stiffen (a piece of clothing) with stays, as of whalebone.
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Flat sticks used as clappers in minstrel shows.
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An end man in a minstrel show.
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To put whalebone or other stiffening into.
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Extremely; exceedingly.

Bone tired.

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A piece of bone.
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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.
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(uncountable) A composite material consisting largely of calcium phosphate and collagen and making up the skeleton of most vertebrates.
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(countable) Any of the components of an endoskeleton, made of bone.
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A bone of a fish; a fishbone.
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One of the rigid parts of a corset that forms its frame, the boning, originally made of whalebone.
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An off-white colour, like the colour of bone.

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(US, informal) A dollar.
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(slang) An erect penis; a boner.
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(slang) Dominoes or dice.
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(slang) Shortened form of trombone.
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Of an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
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To prepare (meat, etc) by removing the bone or bones from.
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To fertilize with bone.
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To put whalebone into.

To bone stays.

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(civil engineering) To make level, using a particular procedure; to survey a level line.

Boning rod.

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(vulgar, slang, of a man) To have sexual intercourse with.

So, did you bone her?

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(Australia, dated, in Aboriginal culture) To perform "bone pointing", a ritual that is intended to bring illness or even death to the victim.
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(usually with "up") To study.

Bone up.

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To polish boots to a shiny finish.
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(carpentry, masonry, surveying) To sight along an object or set of objects to check whether they are level or in line.

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The body, living or dead.
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(slang) To apprehend, steal.
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(vulgar slang) To have sexual intercourse with. Used especially of a man.
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An animal structure or material, such as ivory, resembling bone.
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bone of contention
  • The subject of a dispute.
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bone to pick
  • Grounds for a complaint or dispute.
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in (one's) bones
  • In one's innermost feelings:
    Knew in my bones that I was wrong.
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to the bone
  • To an extreme degree:
    Was chilled to the bone; cut the budget to the bone.
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feel in one's bones
  • to have an intuition or presentiment
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have a bone to pick
  • to have something to quarrel or complain about
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(informal) make no bones about
  • to make no attempt to hide; admit freely
  • to have no objection to or qualms about
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throw someone a bone
  • to reward someone in a meager and patronizing way
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to the bone
  • to the core; thoroughly and essentially
    She's a conservative to the bone.
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work one's fingers to the bone
  • to work very hard
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bone
Plural:
bones

Origin of bone

  • Middle English bon from Old English bān

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bon, from Old English bān (“bone, tusk; the bone of a limb”), from Proto-Germanic *bainą (“bone”), from Proto-Germanic *bainaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhey- (“to hit, strike, beat”). Cognate with Scots bane, been, bean, bein, bain (“bone”), North Frisian bien (“bone”), West Frisian bien (“bone”), Dutch been (“bone; leg”), German Low German Been, Bein (“bone”), German Bein (“leg”), German Gebein (“bones”), Swedish ben (“bone; leg”), Icelandic bein (“bone”), Breton benañ (“to cut, hew”), Latin perfinēs (“break through, break into pieces, shatter”), Avestan byente (“they fight, hit”). Related also to Old Norse beinn (“straight, right, favourable, advantageous, convenient, friendly, fair, keen”) (from whence Middle English bain, bayne, bayn, beyn (“direct, prompt”), Scots bein, bien (“in good condition, pleasant, well-to-do, cosy, well-stocked, pleasant, keen”)), Icelandic beinn (“straight, direct, hospitable”), Norwegian bein (“straight, direct, easy to deal with”). See bain, bein.

    From Wiktionary

  • French bornoyer to look at with one eye, to sight, from borgne one-eyed.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown; probably related in some way to Etymology 1, above.

    From Wiktionary