- bone [bōn]n.[ME bon < OE ban, bone, esp. of a limb, akin to Ger bein, a leg; only Gmc]1. any of the separate parts of the hard connective tissue forming the skeleton of most full-grown vertebrate animals2. this tissue, composed essentially of living cells embedded in hard calcium compounds3. [pl.] the skeleton4. [pl.] the body, living or dead5. a bonelike substance or part, as whalebone6. a thing made of bone or of bonelike material; specif.,a) a corset stayb) [pl.] Informal dice7.a) [pl.] flat sticks used as clappers in minstrel shows☆ b) [pl., with sing. v.] an end man in a minstrel show8. BONE WHITEvt.boned, boning1. to remove the bones from2. to put whalebone or other stiffening into3. to fertilize with bone mealvi.Slang☆ to study hard and hurriedly, as in preparation for an examination; cram: usually with up——————☆ feel in one's bonesto have an intuition or presentiment——————have a bone to pickInformal to have something to quarrel or complain about——————make no bones about Informal1. to make no attempt to hide; admit freely2. to have no objection to or qualms about
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.