wishbone

noun
wish·bone | \ˈwish-ˌbōn \

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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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 Our two oldest children pulled the wishbone from our turkey at Thanksgiving and made a wish. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'America's Funniest Home Videos': Who won grand prize?," 20 May 2018 Our two oldest children pulled the wishbone from our turkey at Thanksgiving and made a wish. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'America's Funniest Home Videos': Who won grand prize?," 20 May 2018 Our two oldest children pulled the wishbone from our turkey at Thanksgiving and made a wish. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'America's Funniest Home Videos': Who won grand prize?," 20 May 2018 Additionally, the suspension is now a double wishbone setup with pullrod dampers for better handling, and the cars feature a racing-spec braking system. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ever wanted to see a race series just for Teslas? I’ve got good news," 25 Apr. 2018 More in Rumble Seat The Volante’s underside is also well credentialed: the front double-wishbone suspension and rear multi-links are supported by coil springs, anti-roll bars and with three-mode adaptive damping (GT, Sport and Sport +). Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante: A Six-Figure Car That’s Worth Every Penny," 26 Apr. 2018 As a freshman at Texas, Campbell led his team with 928 yards in Darrell Royal’s wishbone after Roosevelt Leaks, an early Heisman favorite in 1974, got hurt. John Henry, star-telegram, "Could Herschel, Earl or Adrian have made the leap from high school to the NFL? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Apr. 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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wishbone

noun

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

wishbone

noun
wish·bone | \ˈwish-ˌbōn \

Kids Definition of wishbone

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

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