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

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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 When the National Guards traded up to more versatile planes like the C-130 Hercules, this particular Stratofighter was sent to the Air Force boneyard at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Cold War Plane Gets New Life as Cleveland Restaurant," 5 Feb. 2018 Pinal Airpark is sometimes called a graveyard or boneyard for planes. Dustin Chambers, The Seattle Times, "747 makes last bittersweet flight for a U.S. commercial airline," 27 Jan. 2018 Max's house was, of course, just next door to the boneyard. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Texican: Two decades ago, Wes Anderson erected 'Rushmore'," 10 Jan. 2018 Max's house was of course, just next door to the boneyard. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Wes Anderson's Houston-filmed 'Rushmore' turns 20 years old in 2018," 28 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of boneyard

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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