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bone

noun, often attributive \ ˈbōn \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of bone

1 a : one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate
b : any of various hard animal substances or structures (such 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 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 bones 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 : matter, subject
  • a bone of contention
5 a bones 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 (such as whalebone or steel) used to stiffen a garment (such as a corset)
c bones plural : dice
6 : something that is designed to placate : sop
7 : a light beige
8 : inclination 1b
  • hadn't a political bone in his body
  • —John Hersey
9 slang : dollar

boned

play \ˈbōnd\ adjective

boneless

play \ˈbōn-ləs\ adjective
bone to pick
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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bone

verb

Definition of bone

boned; boning
transitive verb
1 : to remove the bones from
  • bone a fish
2 : to provide (a garment) with stays
3 : to rub (something, such as a boot or a baseball bat) with something hard (such as a piece of bone) in order to smooth the surface
intransitive verb
: to study hard : grind
  • bone through medical school

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First Known Use of bone

15th century


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bone

adverb

Definition of bone

: 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

First Known Use of bone

circa 1825


Bone

biographical name \ ˈbōn \

Definition of Bone

Sir Muirhead 1876–1953 Scottish etcher and painter

BONE Defined for English Language Learners

bone

noun

Definition of bone for English Language Learners

  • : 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


bone

verb

Definition of bone for English Language Learners

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


bone

adverb

Definition of bone for English Language Learners

  • : extremely or very : completely or totally


BONE Defined for Kids

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bone

noun \ ˈbōn \

Definition of bone for Students

1 : any of the hard pieces that form the skeleton of most animals
  • the bones of the arm
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

verb

Definition of bone for Students

boned; boning
: to remove the bones from
  • bone a fish

Medical Dictionary

bone

noun, often attributive \ ˈbōn \

medical Definition of bone

1 : one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate
  • a shoulder bone
  • the bones of the arm
2 : any of various hard animal substances or structures (as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone
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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