• WordNet 3.6
    • adj boned having bones as specified "his lanky long-boned body"
    • adj boned having had the bones removed "a boneless rib roast","a boned (or deboned) fish"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246 He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246
They wuz covered with bone instead of scales They wuz covered with bone instead of scales
Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans
Section of Bone Section of Bone

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some people have more bones in their feet than others.
    • Boned Deprived of bones; as, boned turkey or codfish.
    • Boned Having (such) bones; -- used in composition; as, big-boned; strong-boned . "No big- boned men framed of the Cyclops' size."
    • Boned Manured with bone; as, boned land.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.
    • boned Having bones (of the kind indicated in composition): as, high-boned; strong-boned.
    • boned In cookery, freed from bones: as, a boned fowl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only jointless bone in your body is the hyoid bone in your throat
    • adj Boned —used in composition, as high-boned: having bones: having the bones removed
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”
  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “The ocean moans over dead men's bones.”
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    “Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Do what you love. Know you own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”
  • Paul Engle
    Paul Engle
    “Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.”
  • John Jay Chapman
    “People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this, -- that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.”


All skin and bone - If a person is very underweight, they are all skin and bone, or bones.
Bag of bones - If someone is a bag of bones, they are very underweight.
Bone of contention - If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention.
Bone to pick - If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel.
Chew on a bone - If someone is chewing on a bone, he or she is thinking about something intently.
Dry as a bone - If your lawn is as dry as a bone, the soil is completely dry.
I've got a bone to pick with you - If somebody says this, they mean that they have some complaint to make against the person they are addressing.
Make no bones about it - If somebody make no bones about a scandal in their past, they are open and honest about it and show no shame or embarrassment.
Skin and bones - If someone is skin and bones, they are very underweight and look bad.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me - To be resistant to criticism. This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.
Throw someone a bone - If you throw someone a bone, you give them a small reward or some kind words to make them feel good even if they've not really contributed much.
Work your fingers to the bone - If you work your fingers to the bone, you work extremely hard on something.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bán, Ger. bein.


In literature:

Broken Bones (Fractures).= A broken bone or fracture is known by pain in a particular place that hurts on movement or when touched.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It may likewise be procured from wool, flesh, and bones; in a word, any animal substance whatever yields it by decomposition.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
May he suffer instead of my old bones!
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
In compact bones, also, the organic matter is greater than in spongy bones.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Oh, and we mustered plenty, from the 'cello to the 'bones.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
He had been badly stunned, but no bones were broken.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
One of the bones of the spine swells, and rises above the rest.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The squire made no bones about the matter; he despised the captain.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
If broken, grating of rough edges of bone may be felt by attendant but should not be sought for.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
But when I knoo these blackies a bit better, I didn't make no more bones.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

In poetry:

His brain he built into the house,
Laboured his bones;
He burnt his heart into the brick
And red hearth-stones.
"Home For Love" by John Freeman
Of a night so torn with cries,
Honest men sleeping
Start awake with glaring eyes,
Bone-chilled, flesh creeping.
"Ghost Raddled" by Robert Graves
Between the trees I see a stone
Bearing my carven name:
I do not live there but in bone,
There, is but my frame.
"Dead Lover In A Cypress Tree" by Isobel Stone
WHERE the trolley's rumble
Jars the bones,
He hears waves that tumble
Green-linked weed along the golden stones.
"The Woodsman In The Foundry" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
We have not left her yet, not yet alone;
But soon must leave her where
She will not miss our care,
Bone of our bone.
"My Friend" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Have mercy, Lord, for I am weak,
Regard my heavy groans;
O let thy voice of comfort speak,
And heal my broken bones!
"Pleading For Mercy" by John Newton

In news:

It's a medical fact that women build bone density until abou,Neighbors.
After that, bones slowly lose density, which can lead to problems later, including arthritis and osteoporosis.
Good advice Learn to Sling a Boning Knife in Pork Processing Class at Miel.
But prunes are a versatile fruit, and they are also good for your bones.
This largely ignored element is being studied more intently at present, as it seems to play a key role in coordinating other nutrients involved in bone health.
Boron 's a Beneficial Bone Builder.
Brae Loch anniversary, BJ's touts local farms, Shell & Bone does dinner.
Updated canning instructions were added by Eugenia Bone.
6 large whole (double) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on (should yield 72 oz.
With a look at the current research, this author offers insights on addressing the bone healing issues resulting from vitamin D deficiency in a 19-year-old patient with bunions .
The foot is made up of tarsal bones, metatarsal bones and phalanges.
'It's nice to throw us a little bone and make a competition out of it'.
A woman was found surrounded by piles of 1,789 human bones.
An archaeologist of the Federal Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico presents the jaw bone of a Mayan skeleton about two thousand years old, during a presentation at Merida's City hall, in Yucatan, Mexico on Dec 6, 2011.
Larry Bones, 36, and Brandy Bones-Warner, 33, are formerly from.

In science:

From food to beauty products, from our bone joints to the gouge of tectonic faults, the dynamical properties of dense materials determine important and ubiquitous phenomena that govern our life.
Rearrangements and Dilatancy for Sheared Dense Materials
Left: in the race-track geometry, the two long straight sections must point toward the same far detector, but two near detector stations are required. It may be more practical to produce both decays in the same straight section, onto the same near detector, as in a double ring or in a dog-bone geometry (middle).
Future neutrino oscillation facilities: physics priorities and open issues
But somebody has to be willing to eat the bones as well as the wings.
Astrophysics in 2005
Such tests use cylindrical dog-bone-shaped specimens.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
Again, cracks tend to initiate in the narrow part of the dog bone, although sometimes a notch is cut into the specimen to initiate the crack.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models