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bone

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noun, often attributive \ˈbōn\

Definition of bone

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

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

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

  4. 4 :  matter, subject a bone of contention

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

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boneless

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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 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bone

verb

Definition of bone

boned

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boning

  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

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 Scottish etcher and painter


BONE Defined for English Language Learners

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bone

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noun, often attributive \ˈbōn\

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


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bone

verb

Definition of bone for English Language Learners

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


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bone

adverb

Definition of bone for English Language Learners

  • : extremely or very : completely or totally


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

boned

;

boning

  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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