bone meaning

[ bəun ] Pronunciation:   "bone" in a sentence
Noun: bone  bown
  1. Rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
    - os[2] 
  2. The porous calcified substance from which bones are made
    - osseous tissue 
  3. A shade of white the colour of bleached bones
    - ivory, pearl, off-white
Verb: bone  bown
  1. Study intensively, as before an exam
    "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"
    - cram, grind away, drum, bone up, swot [Brit], get up, mug up, swot up 
  2. Remove the bones from
    "bone the turkey before roasting it"
    - debone
Adjective: bone  bown
  1. Consisting of or made up of bone

Derived forms: boned, bones, boning

See also: bonelet, bony, ossiferous, osteal

Type of: animal material, connective tissue, hit the books, remove, study, take, take away, white, whiteness, withdraw

Part of: endoskeleton, horn

Encyclopedia: Bone Bone, Algeria

[American slang]
n. a trombone.
• Herman is just a wonder on the bone.
• She plays the bone like nobody's business.

[British slang]
Verb. To have sexual intercourse.
Noun. The act of having sexual intercourse.

A specialized CONNECTIVE TISSUE that is the main constituent of the SKELETON. The principle cellular component of bone is comprised of OSTEOBLASTS,OSTEOCYTES and OSTEOCLASTS,while FIBRILLAR COLLAGENS and hydoxyapatite crystals form the BONE MATRIX. n often attrib
1 : one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate ‹a shoulder bone› ‹the bones of the arm›
2 : any of various hard animal substances or structures (as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone
3 : the hard largely calcareous connective tissue of which the adult skeleton of most vertebrates is chiefly composed ‹cancellous bone› ‹compact bone› —compare CARTILAGE 1


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  1. wait a minute, i have a bone to pick with you.
  2. his bones was laid in westminster.
  3. our budget has been pared to the bone.
  4. crushed bones make one of the best fertilizers.
  5. she used up the chicken bones to make soup.

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