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bone US English

Any of the pieces of hard, whitish tissue making up the skeleton in humans and other vertebrates

bone US Thesaurus

don't give the dog that chicken bone

Bône US English

Former name for Annaba.

T-bone US English

A large choice piece of loin steak containing a T-shaped bone

to the bone US English

(Of a wound) so deep as to expose a person’s bone

bone ash US English

The mineral residue of calcined bones, used chiefly in the production of bone china and fertilizers

bone-dry US English

Extremely or completely dry

bone idle US English

Extremely idle or lazy

heel bone US English

The calcaneus

bone dry New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

ankle bone US English

The chief bone of the ankle joint; the talus

bone black US English

Fine charcoal made by burning animal bones in a closed container, used as a pigment and in the refining of sugar

bone china US English

Fine china made of clay mixed with bone ash

bone spavin US English

Osteoarthritis of the hock in horses, which may cause swelling and lameness

bone-weary US English

Utterly weary; extremely tired

cannon bone US English

A long, tube-shaped bone in the lower leg of a horse or other large quadruped, between the fetlock and the knee or hock

coffin bone US English

The terminal bone in a horse’s hoof (the distal phalanx)

crazy bone US English

Another term for funny bone.

funny bone US English

The part of the elbow over which the ulnar nerve passes. A knock on the funny bone may cause numbness and pain along the forearm and hand

splint bone US English

Either of two small bones in the foreleg of a horse or other large quadruped, lying behind and close to the cannon bone

stifle bone US English

The bone in front of a stifle

thigh bone US English

The femur

bone-breaking US English

(Of a surface or journey) bumpy, rough, or involving many sudden jolts

frontal bone US English

The bone that forms the front part of the skull and the upper part of the eye sockets

parietal bone US English

A bone forming the central side and upper back part of each side of the skull

temporal bone US English

Either of a pair of bones that form part of the side of the skull on each side and enclose the middle and inner ear

tympanic bone US English

A small bone supporting the tympanic membrane in some vertebrates

innominate bone US English

The bone formed from the fusion of the ilium, ischium, and pubis; the hipbone

occipital bone US English

The bone that forms the back and base of the skull, and through which the spinal cord passes

semilunar bone US English

Another term for lunate bone (see lunate).

zygomatic bone US English

The bone that forms the prominent part of the cheek and the outer side of the eye socket

to one's bones in to the bone US English

Used to emphasize that a person has a specified quality in an overwhelming or fundamental way

throw a bone to US English

Give someone only a token concession

bred-in-the-bone US English

Firmly established; deep-rooted

dry as a bone US English

Extremely dry

rag-and-bone man US English

An itinerant dealer in old clothes, furniture, and small, cheap secondhand items

close to the bone US English

(Of a remark) penetrating and accurate to the point of causing hurt or discomfort

brittle bone disease US English

Another term for osteogenesis imperfecta.

a bone of contention US English

A subject or issue over which there is continuing disagreement

bone up on in bone US English

Study (a subject) intensively, often in preparation for something

be skin and bones US English

(Of a person or animal) be very thin

cut something to the bone US English

Reduce something to the bare minimum

to the bone in bone US English

(Of a wound) so deep as to expose a person’s bone

to one's bones in bone US English

Used to emphasize that a person has a specified quality in an overwhelming or fundamental way

have a bone to pick with someone US English

Have reason to disagree or be annoyed with someone

have not a —— bone in one's body US English

(Of a person) have not the slightest trace of the specified quality


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