• (GA) enPR: bōn, IPA: /ˈboʊn/
  • (RP) IPA: /bəʊn/
  • (Australia) IPA: /bəʉn/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /bɐʉn/


  1. (uncountable) A composite material consisting largely of calcium phosphate and collagen and making up the skeleton of most vertebrates.
  2. (countable) Any of the components of an endoskeleton, made of bone.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene v], page 275 ↗, column 1:
      No Trophee, Sword, nor Hatchment o're his bones.
  3. A bone of a fish; a fishbone.
  4. A bonefish
    • 2019: "Tres Bocas" by Scott Sadil, California Fly Fisher
      The reason I rarely fish for Mag Bay bones with a 5-weight or 6-weight is the number of fish that can turn light stuff inside out.
  5. One of the rigid parts of a corset that forms its frame, the boning, originally made of whalebone.
  6. One of the fragments of bone held between the fingers of the hand and rattled together to keep time to music.
  7. Anything made of bone, such as a bobbin for weaving bone lace.
  8. (figurative) The framework of anything.
  9. An off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
  10. (US, informal) A dollar.
  11. (American football, informal) The wishbone formation.
  12. (slang) An erect penis; a boner.
  13. (slang, mostly, in the plural) A domino or dice.
  • (rigid parts of a corset) rib, stay

bone (not comparable)

  1. Of an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.

bone (bones, present participle boning; past and past participle boned)

  1. To prepare (meat, etc) by removing the bone or bones from.
  2. To fertilize with bone.
  3. To put whalebone into.
    to bone stays
  4. (civil engineering) To make level, using a particular procedure; to survey a level line.
    boning rod
  5. (vulgar, slang, usually of a man) To have sexual intercourse with.
  6. (Australia, dated, in Aboriginal culture) To perform "bone pointing", a ritual that is intended to bring illness or even death to the victim.
  7. (usually with "up") To study.
    bone up
  8. To polish boots to a shiny finish.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: potasser
  • Spanish: (Mexico) quemarse las pestañas

bone (bones, present participle boning; past and past participle boned)

  1. (transitive, slang) To apprehend, steal.

bone (bones, present participle boning; past and past participle boned)

  1. (carpentry, masonry, surveying) To sight along an object or set of objects to check whether they are level or in line.

bone (plural bones)

  1. (slang) Clipping of trombone#English|trombone.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.004
Offline English dictionary