boneyard

noun
bone·​yard | \ ˈbōn-ˌyärd How to pronounce boneyard (audio) \

Definition of boneyard

1 : cemetery
2 : a place where worn-out or damaged objects (such as cars) are collected to await disposal

Examples of boneyard in a Sentence

a once-notorious gunslinger who now lies in the forlorn boneyard of an Old West ghost town
Recent Examples on the Web Over the past decade a team from Ege University in Izmir has drilled 500 holes deep into Troad soil in a futile search for a large boneyard. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 The pink and green Watson's Flowers sign is among the crown jewels of the neon boneyard. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2022 Two years of extreme drought have turned large stretches of northern Mexico into a boneyard. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2021 The other, 26-year-old G-CIVB, took the even shorter trip to an aircraft boneyard at Kemble in England’s Cotswold hills, though won’t immediately be broken up. Siddharth Vikram Philip, Bloomberg.com, 8 Oct. 2020 Residents include the former Mir space station, numerous uncrewed supply spacecraft, and—almost—the first Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, which crashed into the Pacific a few thousand kilometers away from the aquatic boneyard. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 12 May 2020 Residents include the former Mir space station, numerous uncrewed supply spacecraft, and—almost—the first Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, which crashed into the Pacific a few thousand kilometers away from the aquatic boneyard. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 12 May 2020 These planes are stored temporarily, but Victorville also has the longest-term parking: an airplane boneyard, which is what industry people call the airplane equivalent of an automotive junkyard. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 24 Apr. 2020 Truncated bodies are common in old boneyards, where new graves often cut into old ones. Megan Gannon, Popular Science, 13 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of boneyard

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Boneyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boneyard. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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