• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Boning A method of leveling a line or surface by sighting along the tops of two or more straight edges, or a range of properly spaced poles. See 3d Bone v. t.
    • Boning The clearing of bones from fish or meat.
    • Boning The manuring of land with bones.
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only bone fully grown at birth is located in the ear
    • n boning The act or art of determining a level or plane surface or a straight level line by the guidance of the eye. Joiners and masons “try up” their work by boning with two straightedges, a process which determines whether the surface is uneven or is a true plane. Surveyors and architects perform the operation by means of poles, called boning- or borning-rods, set up at certain distances. These are adjusted to the required line by looking along their vertical surfaces. Gardeners also employ a similar simple device in laying out grounds, to guide them in making the surface level or of regular slope.
    • n boning A form of machine-sewing in which two or more parallel lines of stitches are made in the fabric: used especially in corset-making as a means of holding the bones in place. See two-needle machine, under sewing-machine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although the outsides of a bone are hard, they are generally light and soft inside. They are about 75% water
    • n Boning bōn′ing the act of estimating straightness by looking along a series of poles, as in boning-rod or telescope.
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.”
  • J. Frank Doble
    J. Frank Doble
    “The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing, but the transference of bones from one graveyard to another.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Posterity will never survey a nobler grave than this: here lie the bones of Castlereagh: stop, traveler, and piss.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    “Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Senses 1 and 2 fr. 1st Bone, sense 3 fr. 3d Bone


In literature:

Of bone implements, our limited excavations revealed only a few fragments.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
A large number of other bones of reindeer, among them marrow bones, broken for the purpose of extracting the marrow.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Drain carefully, then remove the skin and bone.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Put five or six anchovies into a colander and dip quickly into boiling water to loosen the skins, remove the salt, skin and bone them.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
Even in the limbs the large bloodvessels range alongside the protective shafts of the bones.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Bones looked very profound and scratched his head.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
It will be larger; it will have more flesh, more bone, more hair, etc.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
In the Big-Bone Lick of Kentucky the bones of a vast number of mastodons and other extinct quadrupeds have been dug up.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
They dug the bones out of the body and they piled them up as the mountains.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
The nasal bones are about one-third the ordinary length, but retain almost their normal breadth.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin

In poetry:

My virtues in Carara stone
Cut carefully you all my scan;
Beneath I lie, a fetid bone,
The marble worth more than the man.
"Humility" by Robert W Service
A rough ill-soldered scar in haste
He rubbed on his cheek-bone.
- Our policy the man shall taste;
Our mercy shall be shown.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Evil shall smite the wicked dead;
But God secures his own,
Prevents the mischief when they slide,
Or heals the broken bone.
"Psalm 34 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Said Mr. Smith, “I really cannot
Tell you, Dr. Jones—
The most peculiar pain I’m in—
I think it’s in my bones.”
"Bones" by Walter de la Mare
Fearful is the chance of poison:
Fearful, too, the great unknown:
Magic brings some positivists
Humbly on their marrow-bone.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
It was not the bone buckled;
You gave me enough food
To renew myself.
It was the mind's weight
Kept me bent, as I grew tall.
"Sorry" by R S Thomas

In news:

This week's bestselling books include 'The Bone Bed' and 'Killing Kennedy'.
(AP) — The backhoe excavation of a 2,000-year-old bison bone bed on the Crow Indian Reservation as part of a coal mine expansion has stirred controversy among tribal members as the tribal election nears.
They use bone-conduction technology to transmit audio waves to the inner ear through the skull, bypassing the eardrum completely.
Bone-conduction technology is still fairly new in the consumer space.
Paleontologist identifies giant sea monster's bone heap.
'Speed Freak Killer': Authorities missed bone yard.
Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson at book signing for their latest collaboration, "The Bone Yard".
Boned at Burning Man.
'Idol' recap: Skylar Laine called 'thick- boned ', Joshua Ledet brings down house.
"But requires a lot of energy," he says, "because you have to very quickly resorb the bone and replace it.
Bones help fix themselves by controlling the body's metabolism.
Bursitis is a painful inflammation of a bursa (BER-suh), or a sac of fluid located between your bones, tendons, and muscles near joints, which is typically caused by repetitive movement.
Lab manager Shalimar Frost studies bone tumor cells through a microscope at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.
Kelly Ladd-Sanchez, lifestyle editor for Parenting magazine, constructed this bone chandelier using eight bags of Rubie's Bag-O-Bones from, the center rings of a 6- and a 7-inch wooden embroidery hoop and a hot-glue gun.
Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to increased bone fragility and fracture.

In science:

Wirth, Extreme scalability chal lenges in micro-finite element simulations of human bone, Concurrency Computat.: Pract.
A Geometric Approach to Matrix Ordering
Fatigue of bone and bones: an analysis based on stressed volume.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Ming L, Yu-Yuan M, Ring-Xiang F, TianShun F: The characteristics of pressure waves generated in the soft target by impact and its contribution to indirect bone fractures. The Journal of Trauma 28(1) Supplement: S104-S109; 1988. 36.
Scientific Evidence for Hydrostatic Shock
I make no bones about the fact that I regard supersymmetry as the most plausible extension of the Standard Model, for many different reasons.
Physics Beyond the Standard Model
Both the cortical and trabecular bones were assumed elastic homogeneous and isotropic, and this may be why the fracture location was not correct, even with the cortical thickness distribution mapped from the actual ribs used in the experiments.
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics