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bone

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noun, often attributive \ˈbōn\

Simple Definition of bone

  • : any one of the hard pieces that form the frame (called a skeleton) inside a person's or animal's body

  • : the hard material that bones are made of

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bone

  1. 1 a :  one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate b :  any of various hard animal substances or structures (as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone c :  the hard largely calcareous connective tissue of which the adult skeleton of most vertebrates is chiefly composed

  2. 2 a :  essence, core <cut costs to the bone> <a liberal to the bone> b :  the most deeply ingrained part :  heart —usually used in plural <knew in his bones that it was wrong>

  3. 3 plural a (1) :  skeleton (2) :  body <rested my weary bones> (3) :  corpse <inter a person's bones> b :  the basic design or framework (as of a play or novel)

  4. 4 :  matter, subject <a bone of contention>

  5. 5 a plural :  thin bars of bone, ivory, or wood held in pairs between the fingers and used to produce musical rhythms b :  a strip of material (as whalebone or steel) used to stiffen a garment (as a corset) c plural :  dice

  6. 6 :  something that is designed to placate :  sop

  7. 7 :  a light beige

  8. 8 :  inclination 1b <hadn't a political bone in his body — John Hersey>

  9. 9 slang :  dollar

boned play \ˈbōnd\ adjective
boneless play \ˈbōn-ləs\ adjective
bone to pick
  1. :  a matter to argue or complain about

Examples of bone in a sentence

  1. He broke a bone in his left arm.

  2. The leg bone is connected to the knee bone.

  3. We are all made of flesh and bone.

  4. The handle of the knife is made from bone.



Origin of bone

Middle English bon, from Old English bān; akin to Old High German & Old Norse bein bone, and perhaps to Old Irish benaid he hews


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bone

verb

Simple Definition of bone

  • : to remove the bones from (a fish or meat)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bone

bonedboning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove the bones from <bone a fish>

  3. 2 :  to provide (a garment) with stays

  4. 3 :  to rub (as a boot or baseball bat) with something hard (as a piece of bone) in order to smooth the surface

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to study hard :  grind <bone through medical school>

15th Century

First Known Use of bone

15th century


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bone

adverb

Simple Definition of bone

  • : extremely or very : completely or totally

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bone

  1. :  extremely, very <bone tired>; also :  totally

Examples of bone in a sentence

  1. The air is bone dry.

  2. <grew up in a backwoods area that was bone poor>



Circa 1825

First Known Use of bone

circa 1825


Bone

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biographical name \ˈbōn\

Definition of Bone

  1. Sir Muirhead 1876–1953 Scot. etcher & painter




Bône

geographical name

Definition of Bône

  1. — see annaba





BONE Defined for Kids

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bone

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noun \ˈbōn\

Definition of bone for Students

  1. 1 :  any of the hard pieces that form the skeleton of most animals <the bones of the arm>

  2. 2 :  the hard material of which the skeleton of most animals is formed <a piece of bone>

boneless \-ləs\ adjective



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bone

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verb

Definition of bone for Students

bonedboning

  1. :  to remove the bones from <bone a fish>




Medical Dictionary

bone

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noun, often attributive \ˈbōn\

Medical Definition of bone

  1. 1:  one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate <a shoulder bone> <the bones of the arm>

  2. 2:  any of various hard animal substances or structures (as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone

  3. 3:  the hard largely calcareous connective tissue of which the adult skeleton of most vertebrates is chiefly composed <cancellous bone> <compact bone>—compare cartilage 1



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