He broke a bone in his left arm.
The leg bone is connected to the knee bone.
We are all made of flesh and bone.
The handle of the knife is made from bone. Adverb
The air is bone dry.
grew up in a backwoods area that was bone poor See More
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Share [Findings] Chimpanzees have a bone in their hearts.—Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 The bones indicate that adult animals were selected for sacrifice rather than young.—Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 22 Nov. 2023 Discard the neck bone (do not feed this to your dog), clean out the gizzard, and cut the rest of the giblets into bite-sized pieces.—Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2023 Stewing a drumstick in the greens will leave the meat falling off the bone.—Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Rather, the main remedy for a conehead baby is simply letting the swelling go down and skull bones move back into the correct position, which just takes time.6
Similarly, other medical interventions like physical therapy and surgery are used in severe cases of head flattening.—Maria Carter, Parents, 16 Nov. 2023 Most notable of all is that the tracks are older than any fossils from birds’ bodies, like bones or feathers, found from Australia or the ancient Antarctic.—Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 Through-hikers can rest weary bones and fill hungry bellies further from town at rural guesthouses such as Ariu, where traditional Kosovar dishes include flija, made with dairy produced on-site.—Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 Zhang goes on to describe how traditionally, gua sha could be performed with whatever tool was on hand—an animal bone or horn, a soup spoon, a coin—and was used as far back as the Yuan Dynasty to revive farmers who collapsed with exhaustion from working under the hot sun.—Meng Jin, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2023
As to roasting, Don likes to bone out the chicken or spatchcock it by removing the backbone, before seasoning and rubbing with olive oil and roasting in the oven at 300 degrees for up to three hours.—Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Oct. 2021 It’s the champion of the all-around: agile enough to make delicate work of veggies and sturdy enough to bone a chicken.—Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, 10 Nov. 2020 But for the rest of the carcass, here in Louisiana, people like to bone it out and grind it.—Will Coviello, NOLA.com, 18 Sep. 2020 Whether slicing a tomato or peach for a summertime main dish salad, mincing garlic, or boning fish, there is a perfect knife for the job.—Patricia S York, Southern Living, 20 May 2020 To ensure the essential supply of chicken for Canadians across the country, the poultry industry as a whole is shifting away from de-boning chicken legs to increase their production capacity.—Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg.com, 5 May 2020 Late at night in November 2011, Ted Flores was coming home from running errands in Highland, Ind., when a car T-boned his at an intersection.—Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2019 Place wings bone side down on grill and grill covered 10 min.—The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 1 Apr. 2020 Halfway through the drive, Olomola was T-boned by another automobile.—Nick Givas, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2020 See More
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Middle English bon, going back to Old English bān, going back to Germanic *baina- (whence also Old Frisian & Old Saxon bēn "bone," Old High German bein "bone, leg," Old Norse bein "bone" and probably beinn "straight"), perhaps going back to Indo-European *bhoi̯H-n-o-, a derivative of a verbal base *bhei̯H- "strike, hew," whence, with varying suffixation, Old Irish benaid "(s/he) hews, cuts," robíth "(it) has been struck," Middle Breton benaff "(I) cut," Latin perfinēs (glossed by the Roman grammarian Festus as perfringās "you should break") and probably Old Church Slavic bijǫ, biti "to hit"
Germanic lacks an outcome of Indo-European *h2ost- "bone" (see osteo-), and it has been theorized that the etymon was replaced by *bhoi̯H-n-o-, used attributively in the sense "broken off," first with Germanic *ast-a- "branch" and then, with homonymous *ast- "bone" (the expected outcome of *h2ost-); the meaning "straight" seen in Old Norse beinn may have been an intermediary stage.