wish·​bone | \ ˈwish-ˌbōn How to pronounce wishbone (audio) \

Definition of wishbone

1 : a forked bone in front of the breastbone in a bird consisting chiefly of the two clavicles fused at their median or lower end
2 : a variation of the T formation in which the halfbacks line up farther from the line of scrimmage than the fullback does

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All Panamera models use a lightweight double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Porsche Panamera: Fast, Furious and, Yes, a Station Wagon," 19 Dec. 2018 Suspension is double wishbones all around, and onboard there are adjustable pushrod dampers, as found in the higher formulae. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 At first, Jeon may appear to be stuck in a classic women’s role as Hae-mi—the wishbone being pulled on by two men. John Powers, Vogue, "Burning Is the New Thriller About Toxic Masculinity That You Didn’t Know You Needed," 26 Oct. 2018 Fun: Model 3s have a double-wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "My 72 Hours With the Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition," 13 Sep. 2018 The first two to arrive get to split the wishbone — the winner gets a wish, second place gets first pick of the desserts! Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas for the Best Holiday Ever," 28 Aug. 2018 The suspension is all-aluminum, double wishbones up front and multilink at the rear. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: A sports sedan for people who want to drive," 6 Apr. 2018 The MacPherson strut front suspension and double-wishbone style multi-link rear suspension mean RAV4 absorbs road irregularities with confidence. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018 Even the suspension wishbones have benefited from a rethink. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "F1 champ Williams made a cool new carbon platform for electric cars," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of wishbone

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wishbone

from the superstition that when two persons pull it apart the one getting the longer fragment will have a wish granted

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The first known use of wishbone was in 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of wishbone

: a bone that is at the front of a bird's chest and that is shaped like a V


wish·​bone | \ ˈwish-ˌbōn How to pronounce wishbone (audio) \

Kids Definition of wishbone

: a bone in front of a bird's breastbone that is shaped like a V

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