Wishbone meaning

wĭshbōn
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The forked bone anterior to the breastbone of most birds, formed by the fusion of the clavicles.
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An offensive formation in which the halfbacks are positioned behind and to the left and right of the fullback.
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The forked clavicle in front of the breastbone of most birds; furcula.
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An offensive formation in which the fullback lines up directly behind the quarterback and the two halfbacks line up to the rear and on either side of the fullback.
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The forked bone in front of the breastbone in most birds, consisting of the two collarbones partly fused together. It serves as a spring, capturing some of the energy during the downward stroke of the wings for release on the upward stroke.
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A forked bone between the neck and breast of a bird consisting chiefly of the two clavicles fused at their median or lower end, regarded as a lucky charm in some countries.
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(nautical) A spar in two parts, between which a sail is hoisted, the wishbone extending its clew.
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(nautical) Any sailing vessel rigged with a wishbone.
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Origin of wishbone

  • From the superstition that when two people pull the bone apart a wish will be fulfilled for the person who retains the longer piece

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

  • wish +"Ž bone

    From Wiktionary