Definition of wishbone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪʃbəʊn/


1A forked bone (the furcula) between the neck and breast of a bird. According to a popular custom, this bone from a cooked bird is broken by two people and the holder of the longer portion is then entitled to make a wish.
Example sentences
  • In Sue, the two shoulder blades seem to be joined by a very small, almost straight piece of bone, and this was supposed to suggest that this was a wishbone like a bird's.
  • Heaped on a pedestal, the intact wishbones are perfect wish opportunities forgone for the sake of art.
  • Tyrannosaurs shared a number of characteristics with birds, including hollow bones, feet with three primary toes that all pointed forward, and a wishbone.
2A forked element in the suspension of a motor vehicle or aircraft, typically attached to a wheel at one end with the two arms hinged to the chassis: [as modifier]: double wishbone suspension
More example sentences
  • The front suspension is a double wishbone coil spring with damper and a five-link coil sprung solid axle in the rear.
  • The double wishbone suspension and coil-over shocks are mounted to large aluminum castings.
  • A double wishbone front suspension and gas-filled rear shocks help absorb vibration at faster speeds while providing a smoother ride over mixed road services.
3 Sailing A boom in two halves which curve outwards around a sail and meet aft of it.
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