boneyard

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

Definition of boneyard

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

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a once-notorious gunslinger who now lies in the forlorn boneyard of an Old West ghost town
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "British Airways Grounds Its Last 747, Ending an Era," 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, "A Chinese rocket appears to rain rogue parts down from space," 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, "A Chinese rocket appears to rain rogue parts down from space," 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, "Watch This Pilot Fly Over a Runway with 400 Unused Airline Jets," 24 Apr. 2020 Truncated bodies are common in old boneyards, where new graves often cut into old ones. Megan Gannon, Popular Science, "Archaeologists and construction workers are teaming up to unearth historic relics," 13 Apr. 2020 While many of the pieces are no longer illuminated, such as dozens of signs resting in the Insta-friendly boneyard, the galleries do contain pieces that are lit. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Vibrant Tour of America’s Neon Signs," 28 Feb. 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, "Space companies are scrambling to solve the problem of defunct satellites," 31 Jan. 2020 The moment the company stopped embracing speed, action and risk-taking, Bezos argued, was the day it was headed for the corporate boneyard. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside Documents Show How Amazon Chose Speed Over Safety in Building Its Delivery Network," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of boneyard

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boneyard was in 1839

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“Boneyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boneyard. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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