bone·​yard | \ ˈbōn-ˌyärd \

Definition of boneyard

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

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Examples of boneyard in a Sentence

a once-notorious gunslinger who now lies in the forlorn boneyard of an Old West ghost town

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The story could've ended there, with the plane finding its final resting place at a boneyard in the middle of Ohio. Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics, "Super-Rare XP-82 Twin Mustang Flies Again After Decade-Long Restoration," 4 Jan. 2019 Delta 747s are cleaned and prepped for storage at Pinal Airpark, a boneyard for unwanted aircraft in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018 By the mid-60s, the plane that would become the Space Shuttle Cafe had been brought to a boneyard near Tucson. Kaya Laterman, New York Times, "Monetizing the Space Shuttle Cafe," 28 June 2018 Decades-old Marine airplanes are being brought back from the boneyard. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess," 27 July 2018 Financial woes forced Evergreen into bankruptcy and the supertanker seemed doomed to live out its existence in the boneyard. Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics, "What It Feels Like to Fly a Firefighting 747," 12 Aug. 2016 It was rescued when an Air Force historian discovered it in a Wisconsin aircraft boneyard. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Surviving Doolittle Raider flies on restored D-Day plane," 6 June 2018 WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's deadly military plane crash on a Savannah, Georgia, road involved a C-130 cargo plane that was more than 50 years old and on its way to be retired in an aircraft boneyard. David Martin, CBS News, "Deadly Savannah plane crash highlights increase in military accidents," 3 May 2018 That suggests organised ecosystems rather than mere bacterial boneyards. The Economist, "Waiting for rainLife clings on in the driest corners of the Earth," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of boneyard

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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