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
The new suspension, featuring twin wishbones with L-arms up front and a multilink setup out back, is tuned for maximum handling.
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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: 1847
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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