UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbəʊn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/boʊn/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bōn)

Inflections of 'bone' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bone /boʊn/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  boned, bon•ing. 
  1. Anatomy, Zoology
    • [countable] one of the parts of the skeleton of an animal's body:broke a bone in his arm.
    • Anatomy[uncountable] the hard, strong white tissue forming these parts:This area is surrounded by bone.
  2. such a part from an animal that can be eaten:[countable]some soup bones.
  3. bones, [plural]
    • the skeleton.
    • a body: to rest one's weary bones.
  4. [uncountable] the color of bone;
    ivory or off-white.

  1. [+ object] to remove the bones from: to bone a turkey.
  2. Informal Terms bone up, [no object]to study hard for;
    cram:to bone up for an exam.
  1. Idiomsfeel in one's bones, [feel + object + in + one's + bones] to be sure or certain of something without knowing why:There's going to be a problem with her; I can feel it in my bones.
  2. Idiomshave a bone to pick with someone, to have a reason for arguing with someone:I have a bone to pick with you: Why were all your workers taking two-hour lunches?
  3. Idiomsmake no bones about, [+ object] to act or speak openly, without fear and without hesitating:made no bones about her contempt for her boss.
  4. Idioms to the bone,
    • to the bare minimum: Social services have been cut to the bone.
    • to an extreme degree;
      completely: I'm chilled to the bone.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bone  (bōn),USA pronunciation n., v.,  boned, bon•ing, adv. 
  1. Anatomy, Zoology
    • one of the structures composing the skeleton of a vertebrate.
    • the hard connective tissue forming the substance of the skeleton of most vertebrates, composed of a collagen-rich organic matrix impregnated with calcium, phosphate, and other minerals.
  2. such a structure from an edible animal, usually with meat adhering to it, as an article of food:Pea soup should be made with a ham bone.
  3. Zoologyany of various similarly hard or structural animal substances, as ivory or whalebone.
  4. something made of or resembling such a substance.
  5. a small concession, intended to pacify or quiet;
    a conciliatory bribe or gift:The administration threw the student protesters a couple of bones, but refused to make any basic changes in the curriculum or requirements.
  6. bones: 
    • the skeleton.
    • a body:Let his bones rest in peace.
    • Gamesdice.
    • Show Business(cap.) See  Mr. Bones. 
    • Music and Dancea simple rhythm instrument consisting of two sometimes curved bars or short strips of bone, ivory, wood, or the like, held between the fingers of one hand and clacked together.
  7. the color of bone;
    ivory or off-white.
  8. Clothinga flat strip of whalebone or other material for stiffening corsets, petticoats, etc.;
  9. Gamesa domino.
  10. Idiomsfeel in one's bones, to think or feel intuitively:She felt in her bones that it was going to be a momentous day.
  11. Idiomshave a bone to pick with someone, to have cause to disagree or argue with someone:The teacher had a bone to pick with him because his homework paper was identical with his neighbor's.
  12. Idiomsmake no bones about: 
    • to deal with in a direct manner;
      act or speak openly:He makes no bones about his dislike of modern music.
    • to have no fear of or objection to.
  13. Idiomsto the bone: 
    • to the essentials;
      to the minimum:The government cut social service programs to the bone.
    • to an extreme degree;
      thoroughly:chilled to the bone.

  1. to remove the bones from:to bone a turkey.
  2. Clothingto put whalebone or another stiffener into (clothing).
  3. Agricultureto put bone meal into (feed, fertilizer, etc.).
  4. Informal Termsbone up, to study intensely;
    cram:We're going to have to bone up for the exam.

  1. completely;
    absolutely:bone tired.
  • Indo-European *osdos ( Greek ózos, Armenian ost)
  • Indo-European *Host- ( Latin os(s), Albanian asht, Avestan ast-, Hittite hast-ai), which fell together in Gmc with *astaz branch ( German Ast)
  • Gmc *bainan (neuter), probably origin, originally past participle (compare Old Irish benaid (he) hews), meaning "lopped off,'' from butchering of animals; origin, originally in phrase *bainan astan lopped-off bone or branch (hence, "leg,'' as a branch of the body); replacing *astan bone
  • bef. 900; Middle English bo(o)n, Old English bān; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon bēn, Dutch been bone, Old Norse bein bone, leg, German Bein leg (-bein bone, in compounds);

Bône  (bōn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Place Namesformer name of  Annaba. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bone /bəʊn/ n
  1. any of the various structures that make up the skeleton in most vertebrates
  2. the porous rigid tissue of which these parts are made, consisting of a matrix of collagen and inorganic salts, esp calcium phosphate, interspersed with canals and small holes
  3. something consisting of bone or a bonelike substance
  4. (plural) the human skeleton or body
  5. a thin strip of whalebone, light metal, plastic, etc, used to stiffen corsets and brassieres
  6. (plural) the essentials (esp in the phrase the bare bones)
  7. (plural) dice
  8. close to the bone, near the bonerisqué or indecent
  9. in poverty; destitute
  10. feel in one's bonesto have an intuition of
  11. have a bone to pickto have grounds for a quarrel
  12. make no bones aboutto be direct and candid about
  13. to have no scruples about
  14. point the bone ⇒ (often followed by at) Austral to wish bad luck (on)
vb (mainly tr)
  1. to remove the bones from (meat for cooking, etc)
  2. to stiffen (a corset, etc) by inserting bones
  3. Brit
    a slang word for steal

See also bone upEtymology: Old English bān; related to Old Norse béin, Old Frisian bēn, Old High German bein

ˈboneless adj
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Bône /French: bon/ n
  1. a former name of Annaba
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