Definitions for: Bone

[n] a shade of white the color of bleached bones
[n] the porous calcified substance from which bones are made
[v] remove the bones from (an animal)
[v] study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bone, n. [OE. bon, ban, AS. b[=a]n; akin to Icel. bein,
Sw. ben, Dan. & D. been, G. bein bone, leg; cf. Icel. beinn
1. (Anat.) The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of
vertebrate animals, consisting very largely of calcic
carbonate, calcic phosphate, and gelatine; as, blood and

Note: Even in the hardest parts of bone there are many minute
cavities containing living matter and connected by
minute canals, some of which connect with larger canals
through which blood vessels ramify.

2. One of the pieces or parts of an animal skeleton; as, a
rib or a thigh bone; a bone of the arm or leg; also, any
fragment of bony substance. (pl.) The frame or skeleton of
the body.

3. Anything made of bone, as a bobbin for weaving bone lace.

4. pl. Two or four pieces of bone held between the fingers
and struck together to make a kind of music.

5. pl. Dice.

6. Whalebone; hence, a piece of whalebone or of steel for a

7. Fig.: The framework of anything.

A bone of contention, a subject of contention or dispute.

A bone to pick, something to investigate, or to busy one's
self about; a dispute to be settled (with some one).

Bone ash, the residue from calcined bones; -- used for
making cupels, and for cleaning jewelry.

Bone black (Chem.), the black, carbonaceous substance into
which bones are converted by calcination in close vessels;
-- called also animal charcoal. It is used as a
decolorizing material in filtering sirups, extracts, etc.,
and as a black pigment. See Ivory black, under Black.

Bone cave, a cave in which are found bones of extinct or
recent animals, mingled sometimes with the works and bones
of man. --Am. Cyc.

Bone dust, ground or pulverized bones, used as a

Bone earth (Chem.), the earthy residuum after the
calcination of bone, consisting chiefly of phosphate of

Bone lace, a lace made of linen thread, so called because
woven with bobbins of bone.

Bone oil, an oil obtained by, heating bones (as in the
manufacture of bone black), and remarkable for containing
the nitrogenous bases, pyridine and quinoline, and their
derivatives; -- also called Dippel's oil.

Bone setter. Same as Bonesetter. See in the Vocabulary.

Bone shark (Zo["o]l.), the basking shark.

Bone spavin. See under Spavin.

Bone turquoise, fossil bone or tooth of a delicate blue
color, sometimes used as an imitation of true turquoise.

Bone whale (Zo["o]l.), a right whale.

To be upon the bones of, to attack. [Obs.]

To make no bones, to make no scruple; not to hesitate.

To pick a bone with, to quarrel with, as dogs quarrel over
a bone; to settle a disagreement. [Colloq.]

Bone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Boned; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To withdraw bones from the flesh of, as in cookery. ``To
bone a turkey.'' --Soyer.

2. To put whalebone into; as, to bone stays. --Ash.

3. To fertilize with bone.

4. To steal; to take possession of. [Slang]

Bone, v. t. [F. bornoyer to look at with one eye, to
sight, fr. borgne one-eyed.]
To sight along an object or set of objects, to see if it or
they be level or in line, as in carpentry, masonry, and
surveying. --Knight.

Joiners, etc., bone their work with two straight edges.
W. --M. Buchanan.

Synonyms: bone up, cram, debone, drum, get up, grind away, ivory, mug up, off-white, os, osseous tissue, pearl, swot, swot up

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