The substance of bones is formed by specialized cells (osteoblasts) that secrete around themselves a material containing calcium salts (which provide hardness and strength in compression) and collagen fibers (which provide tensile strength). Many bones have a central cavity containing marrow
- Direct injury to the spine may cause a bone fracture anywhere along your vertebral column.
- Years ago we realized that if we combined all our accidents, there was hardly a bone in the human skeleton we hadn't broken.
- Bone marrow is a spongy tissue inside certain bones of the body that produces blood cells.
- Sighing, he pulled his weary bones to their feet and decided coffee was the best option.
- He lowered his aching bones to the floor after a harder day's work than he'd ever done.
- I dragged my tired bones to the bathroom to shave.
- Just ahead, in the wider section of the pass, the dried bones and carcasses of men and pack animals lay strewn about.
- We are still unburying the bones, the remains, of the people who got killed.
- In centuries past, graves would be exhumed, and any bones remaining would be collected and buried deeper down, thereby allowing fresh graves on top.
- What they actually think happened is that some animal had the bone in his or her burrow and just now decided to toss it.
- So, I've already had to add more water to re-thin it to properly boil down the bones and meat.
- We first put about 5,697 pots of different cereals, lentils, meats, bones and spices on different pots to warm.
- The material would be gradually replaced by healthy, newly grown bone and blood vessels.
- My latest cut-down bone handled table knives have a near quadrant at the tip and cut unbelievably.
- The spongy bone material was then used for DNA extraction.
- Mining activity has been a constant source of bone and ivory artifacts over the last several decades.
- What's more, treasured wood was decorated with bone, jade, gold, bronze and shells adding to the value.
- The earliest example of European poetry about a stranded whale is an Anglo-Saxon inscription on a whale bone casket of about 700 AD.
- Farthingales sells corset supplies including bone casing tape for corset bones.
- The quality of the needlework, particularly around the bodice's bone inserts, makes this unlikely.
- The shower is available in white or bone.
- It is a basic bare bones work on the battle of Chattanooga.
- The bill sets out only the very bare bones of the framework on which the criteria for the process will be hung.
- That's the basic bones of the argument, and there's lots of detail in and around it.
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- The school's culinary dean recalls being hung from a meat hook for improperly boning veal during one of his 14-hour days as an apprentice in 1949 Germany.
- Clean and bone the fish, leaving their heads in place.
- Unless you are a dab-hand with the boning knife, ask the butcher to bone the chicken legs for you.
- There's nothing like a stroll immediately before an interview for a spot of last minute boning up on your subject.
- To bone up on the subject, he read the works of a professor at the University of Pennsylvania whose area of research was deceptive political advertising.
- Unless you're willing to bone up on the subject, you're better off to assess his technical ability by asking for references and checking them out.
Old English bān, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch been and German Bein.
a bag of bones
the bare bones
- see bare.
be skin and bones
- see skin.
a bone of contention
- A subject or issue over which there is continuing disagreement: the examination system has long been a serious bone of contentionMore example sentences
- Road safety and pollution issues were the main bones of contention, with frequent tailbacks of lorries billowing fumes into people's homes, he said.
- The issue has been a bone of contention for several years between Mid West farmers and State Government authorities.
- In the last century the same conflicts led to the First World War and continued to be a bone of contention throughout the Second.
close to (or near) the bone
- As a fundamentalist Bible-believing Christian, I sometimes find your articles a bit close to the bone, but in fairness you reflect accurately the nature of the Internet.
- The funny thing about that is that the film is about a man who gets into trouble for writing books that cut too close to the bone, other people's bones in this case.
- This list can go on and on, and hearing these stories cuts rather close to the bone: suffering is everywhere and also infinite in its variety.
cut (or pare) something to the bone
- Reduce something to the bare minimum: costs will have to be cut to the boneMore example sentences
- Transport manifesto commitments have been pared to the bone.
- But, with hindsight, we can already see that the company achieved spectacular growth by cutting premiums to the bone, and possibly under-reserving.
- So there is a war on, with each side cutting prices to the bone.
(as) dry as a bone
- see dry.
have a bone to pick with someone
- informal Have reason to disagree or be annoyed with someone.More example sentences
- He could be gruff and if he had a bone to pick with you, he picked it.
- Someone could have a bone to pick with you soon, and they'll lay it on thick as sauce.
- Perhaps I have always had a bone to pick with her because I believe that she stole my thunder.
have not a —— bone in one's body
- (Of a person) have not the slightest trace of the specified quality: there’s not a conservative bone in his bodyMore example sentences
- It doesn't matter if you haven't got an artistic bone in your body, we can show you very simple ways to achieve a masterpiece!
- Darren is not a racist - he doesnt have a racist bone in his body.
- Charlotte claims Katie was never interested in either her or her siblings and the mother-of-two ‘doesn't have a maternal bone in her body’.
in one's bones
- Felt, believed, or known deeply or instinctively: he has rhythm in his bones something good was bound to happen; he could feel it in his bonesMore example sentences
- We believe in our bones that what we are doing is the right thing.
- The Albanian people who make up a good part of our parish understood this in their bones; many of the Americans seemed not to.
- Tocqueville understood this milieu in his bones.
make no bones about something
- Have no hesitation in stating or dealing with something, however awkward or distasteful it is: the film is an op-ed piece, and the director makes no bones about its biasesMore example sentences
- Definitely not for the squeamish, the article makes no bones about where the responsibility for the massacre lay.
- The solicitor told the court: ‘Her behaviour was dreadful and she makes no bones about that.’
- ‘She makes no bones about not liking journalists,’ says one.
to the bone
- It was a deep wound, not quite to the bone but not just skin either.
- One of the operations was to repair his left hand and stitch up stab wounds, which cut through to the bone.
- She did not wince as blades sunk deeper to the bone.
- The blue-green sky of Pomen was partly cloudy, and although the afternoon sun tried to warm the proceedings below, it was a cold day that chilled to the bone.
- The room seemed to have lost all its warmth and the torch's fire seemed to be diffusing only cold, chilling to the bone.
- Neko woke up, freezing cold, soaked to the bone with sweat.
- But, anyone who thinks that careerist social climbers aren't liberals to their bones just doesn't know what he's talking about.
- He would not, however, feel any divided loyalties were his team to come up against Italy in the knock-out stages of the finals in Greece: ‘I am Australian to my bones.’
- Jeremiah was a patriot down to his bones and wrote an entire book lamenting the fall of his nation.
throw a bone to
- Give someone only a token concession: was the true purpose of the minimum wage hike to throw a bone to the unions?More example sentences
- The new regime has thrown him a bone of sorts: convenorship of the health committee.
- The company has decided to throw viewers a few bones by tacking on a couple of extra features to this disc.
- Finally, Lady Luck threw him a bone.
what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh (or blood)
- proverb A person’s behavior or characteristics are determined by heredity.More example sentences
- I guess what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh, as they say.
- What's bred in the bone will out in the flesh, the saying goes.
- Because what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh, and we should never forget it.
work one's fingers to the bone
- Work very hard: Tracy can work her fingers to the bone, but it’s Ms. Green who gets the thanksMore example sentences
- We are working our fingers to the bone to try and rescue our comrades, but at the moment we have yet to locate where their screams were coming from.
- I've worked my fingers to the bone, cleaning, organizing and even releasing to the trash bin things I no longer need.
- ‘We lived in a tiny little flat, and had no money, and my mother had to work her fingers to the bone,’ Carol says.