hip bone


Definition of hip bone

: the large flaring bone that constitutes a lateral half of the pelvis in mammals and is composed of the ilium, ischium, and pubis which are fused into one bone in the adult

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Use your hip bone as a guide for adjusting the seat height. Haley Shapley, SELF, "5 Essential Tips for Adjusting Your Indoor Bike Seat," 13 Oct. 2018 Shame on them, because all of us are expected to be small enough to fit into these tiny samples because the designers don't want to use more material, or the designers just think a hip bone is better for a skirt to hang off of. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, ""We’re So Hungry!” Jameela Jamil Gets Real About the Effects of Photoshop," 31 Jan. 2019 The straps are meant to be worn hiked up around the hip bones, just as the smoky-eyed male and female models wore them on the Spring 1997 runway. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are Wearing Tom Ford’s Gucci—As They Should," 23 Aug. 2018 According to Owen, the sacroiliac joints just beneath your spine that connect to the sacrum are similarly vulnerable, along with your wing-like hip bones. Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do Right After You Throw Out Your Back," 26 July 2018 Brinson was diagnosed with a right hip bone bruise on Friday afternoon, after the team initially called his ailment right hip inflammation. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson diagnosed with hip bone bruise," 13 July 2018 Irma’s silhouettes are powerful, yet boast a cheeky ’80s flair: Underwear is pulled up high above the hip bones, while bras range from flexible-wired versions with spaghetti straps to a more full-coverage sporty bandeau style. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 Stand up straight, exhale (no sucking in that gut!) and with a soft tape measure record your girth an inch or two above your hip bones. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018 Many characteristics such as wrist bones, the pelvis, hip bones, the inner ear and the top of the backbone are used by herpetologists to figure out details of a frog’s life and determine its relation to other frogs, the statement said. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "A surprise find: 99-million-year-old frog encased in amber," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of hip bone

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hip bone

: the large bone between your waist and your legs that has sides that spread outward to form the hips

hip bone

\ -ˈbōn, -ˌbōn\

Medical Definition of hip bone

: the large flaring bone that makes a lateral half of the pelvis in mammals and is composed of the ilium, ischium, and pubis which are consolidated into one bone in the adult

called also innominate bone, os coxae, pelvic bone

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