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
Recent Examples of wishbone from the Web
But Cromwell, a wishbone quarterback and near-Olympic-level 400-meter hurdler at Kansas in the 1970s, helped define the position of the modern, ball-hawking, hard-hitting safety with the Rams from ’77 to ’87.
The suspension uses double wishbones up front and a multilink arrangement at the rear, with active dampers that are continuously controlled by the car's brain, known in Alfa-speak as the Chassis Domain Controller.
Highlander rides on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, and the independent front McPherson struts and rear double wishbone suspension eat up highway imperfections.
Handling also is helped by the new rear double-wishbone suspension and a more-rigid body.
The suspension is a double wishbone arrangement at the front and an integral link setup at the rear, with monotube dampers all around.
Wishbone solves crimes and re-enacts great literature.
Wilbur Jackson arrived at just the right time at the start of the wishbone days as Alabama's first African-American high school signee.
Bening tells DeGeneres a story about the first gift Beatty ever gave her: a diamond wishbone pin.
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Origin and Etymology of wishbone
from the superstition that when two persons pull it apart the one getting the longer fragment will have a wish granted
First Known Use: 1847See Words from the same year
WISHBONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wishbone for English Language Learners
: a bone that is at the front of a bird's chest and that is shaped like a V
WISHBONE Defined for Kids
Definition of wishbone for Students
: a bone in front of a bird's breastbone that is shaped like a V
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