the bare bones

Definition of the bare bones

:the most basic or important elements or parts of something
  • The company reduced the staff to the bare bones.
often + of
  • What are the bare bones of the story?

Word by Word Definitions

bare play
  1. : lacking a natural, usual, or appropriate covering

  2. : lacking clothing

  3. : bareheaded

  1. : to make or lay (something) bare (see 1bare) : uncover

  1. : archaic past of bear

bone play bones
  1. : one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate

  2. : any of various hard animal substances or structures (such as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone

  3. : the hard largely calcareous connective tissue of which the adult skeleton of most vertebrates is chiefly composed

  1. : to remove the bones from

  2. : to provide (a garment) with stays

  3. : to rub (something, such as a boot or a baseball bat) with something hard (such as a piece of bone) in order to smooth the surface

  1. : extremely, very


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