(adjective) consisting of or made up of bone; “a bony substance”; “the bony framework of the body”

bone, ivory, pearl, off-white

(noun) a shade of white the color of bleached bones

bone, os

(noun) rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates

bone, osseous tissue

(noun) the porous calcified substance from which bones are made

bone, debone

(verb) remove the bones from; “bone the turkey before roasting it”

cram, grind away, drum, bone up, swot, get up, mug up, swot up, bone

(verb) study intensively, as before an exam; “I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


bone (countable and uncountable, plural bones)

(uncountable) A composite material consisting largely of calcium phosphate and collagen and making up the skeleton of most vertebrates.

(countable) Any of the components of an endoskeleton, made of bone.

A bone of a fish; a fishbone.

A bonefish

One of the rigid parts of a corset that forms its frame, the boning, originally made of whalebone.

One of the fragments of bone held between the fingers of the hand and rattled together to keep time to music.

Anything made of bone, such as a bobbin for weaving bone lace.

(figurative) The framework of anything.

An off-white colour, like the colour of bone.

(US, informal) A dollar.

(American football, informal) The wishbone formation.

(slang) An erect penis; a boner.

(slang, mostly, in the plural) A domino or dice.


• (rigid parts of a corset): rib, stay


bone (not comparable)

Of an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.


bone (third-person singular simple present bones, present participle boning, simple past and past participle boned)

To prepare (meat, etc) by removing the bone or bones from.

To fertilize with bone.

To put whalebone into.

(civil engineering) To make level, using a particular procedure; to survey a level line.

(vulgar, slang, usually of a man) To have sexual intercourse with.

(Australia, dated, in Aboriginal culture) To perform "bone pointing", a ritual that is intended to bring illness or even death to the victim.

(usually with "up") To study.

To polish boots to a shiny finish.


• (remove the bone from): debone, unbone

• (vulgar, have sexual intercourse with): bury the bone, bonk (British), fuck, screw, shag (British); see also copulate or copulate with

Etymology 2

Origin unknown; probably related in some way to Etymology 1, above.


bone (third-person singular simple present bones, present participle boning, simple past and past participle boned)

(transitive, slang) To apprehend, steal.

Etymology 3


bone (third-person singular simple present bones, present participle boning, simple past and past participle boned)

(carpentry, masonry, surveying) To sight along an object or set of objects to check whether they are level or in line.

Etymology 4


bone (plural bones)

(slang) Clipping of trombone.


• Beno, Boen, ebon

Proper noun

Bone (plural Bones)

A surname.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Bone is the 3350th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 10692 individuals. Bone is most common among White (83.82%) individuals.


• Beno, Boen, ebon

Source: Wiktionary

Bone, n. Etym: [OE. bon, ban, AS. ban; akin to Icel. bein, Sw. ben, Dan. & D. been, G. bein bone, leg; cf. Icel. beinn straight.]

1. (Anat.)

Definition: The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of vertebrate animals, consisting very largely of calcic carbonate, calcic phosphate, and gelatine; as, blood and bone.

Note: Even in the hardest parts of bone there are many minute cavities containing living matter and connected by minute canals, some of which connect with larger canals through which blood vessels ramify.

2. One of the pieces or parts of an animal skeleton; as, a rib or a thigh bone; a bone of the arm or leg; also, any fragment of bony substance. (pl.) The frame or skeleton of the body.

3. Anything made of bone, as a bobbin for weaving bone lace.

4. pl.

Definition: Two or four pieces of bone held between the fingers and struck together to make a kind of music.

5. pl.

Definition: Dice.

6. Whalebone; hence, a piece of whalebone or of steel for a corset.

7. Fig.: The framework of anything. A bone of contention, a subject of contention or dispute.

– A bone to pick, something to investigate, or to busy one's self about; a dispute to be settled (with some one).

– Bone ash, the residue from calcined bones; -- used for making cupels, and for cleaning jewelry.

– Bone black (Chem.), the black, carbonaceous substance into which bones are converted by calcination in close vessels; -- called also animal charcoal. It is used as a decolorizing material in filtering sirups, extracts, etc., and as a black pigment. See Ivory black, under Black.

– Bone cave, a cave in which are found bones of extinct or recent animals, mingled sometimes with the works and bones of man. Am. Cyc.

– Bone dust, ground or pulverized bones, used as a fertilizer.

– Bone earth (Chem.), the earthy residuum after the calcination of bone, consisting chiefly of phosphate of calcium.

– Bone lace, a lace made of linen thread, so called because woven with bobbins of bone.

– Bone oil, an oil obtained by, heating bones (as in the manufacture of bone black), and remarkable for containing the nitrogenous bases, pyridine and quinoline, and their derivatives; -- also called Dippel's oil.

– Bone setter. Same as Bonesetter. See in the Vocabulary.

– Bone shark (Zoöl.), the basking shark.

– Bone spavin. See under Spavin.

– Bone turquoise, fossil bone or tooth of a delicate blue color, sometimes used as an imitation of true turquoise.

– Bone whale (Zoöl.), a right whale.

– To be upon the bones of, to attack. [Obs.] -- To make no bones, to make no scruple; not to hesitate. [Low] -- To pick a bone with, to quarrel with, as dogs quarrel over a bone; to settle a disagreement. [Colloq.]

Bone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Boned (; p. pr. & vb. n. Boning.]

1. To withdraw bones from the flesh of, as in cookery. "To bone a turkey." Soyer.

2. To put whalebone into; as, to bone stays. Ash.

3. To fertilize with bone.

4. To steal; to take possession of. [Slang]

Bone, v. t. Etym: [F. bornoyer to look at with one eye, to sight, fr. borgne one-eyed.]

Definition: To sight along an object or set of objects, to see if it or they be level or in line, as in carpentry, masonry, and surveying. Knight. Joiners, etc., bone their work with two straight edges. W. M. Buchanan.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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