bone ( bones plural & 3rd person present) ( boning present participle) ( boned past tense & past participle )
1 n-var Your bones are the hard parts inside your body which together form your skeleton.
Many passengers suffered broken bones..., Stephen fractured a thigh bone..., The body is made up primarily of bone, muscle, and fat..., She scooped the chicken bones back into the stewpot.
2 verb If you bone a piece of meat or fish, you remove the bones from it before cooking it.
Make sure that you do not pierce the skin when boning the chicken thighs... V n
3 adj A bone tool or ornament is made of bone.
usu ADJ n
...a small, expensive pocketknife with a bone handle.
5 The bare bonesof something are its most basic parts or details.
bare bones phrase
There are not even the bare bones of a garden here<endash>I've got nothing.
6 If something is too close to the bone, it makes you feel uncomfortable because it is very close to the truth or to the real nature of something.
close to the bone phrase usu v-link PHR
7 If you make no bonesabout something, you talk openly about it, rather than trying to keep it a secret.
make no bones phrase V inflects, usu PHR about n
Some of them make no bones about their political views.
8 If you make no bonesabout doing something that is unpleasant or difficult or that might upset someone else, you do it without hesitating.
make no bones phrase V inflects, usu PHR about -ing
Stafford-Clark made no bones about reapplying for the job when Daldry was standing for it.
9 If something such as costs are cut to the bone, they are reduced to the minimum possible.
to the bone phrase PHR after v
It has survived by cutting its costs to the bone..., Profit margins have been slashed to the bone in an attempt to keep turnover moving.
10 You use to the bone to indicate that you are very deeply affected by something. For example, if you feel chilled to the bone, your whole body feels extremely cold, often because you have had a shock.
to the bone phrase PHR after v What I saw chilled me to the bone.
Bone china is a kind of thin china that contains powdered bone. n-uncount
bone dry , bone-dry
If you say that something is bone dry, you are emphasizing that it is very dry indeed. adj
Now the river bed is bone dry.
Bone marrow is the soft fatty substance inside human or animal bones. n-uncount
There are 2,000 children worldwide who need a bone marrow transplant.
bone meal , bonemeal
Bone meal is a substance made from animal bones which is used as a fertilizer. n-uncount
bone of contention ( bones of contention plural ) If a particular matter or issue is a bone of contention, it is the subject of a disagreement or argument. n-count
The main bone of contention is the temperature level of the air-conditioners.
funny bone ( funny bones plural ) Your funny bone is the soft part of your elbow which gives you an uncomfortable feeling on your skin if it is hit.
INFORMAL n-count usu sing
marrow bone ( marrow bones plural ) , marrowbone Marrow bones are the bones of certain animals, especially cows, that contain a lot of bone marrow. They are used in cooking and in dog food. n-var
rag-and-bone man ( rag-and-bone men plural ) A rag-and-bone man is a person who goes from street to street in a vehicle or with a horse and cart buying things such as old clothes and furniture.
in AM, use junkman, junk dealer
T-bone steak ( T-bone steaks plural ) A T-bone steak is a thick piece of beef that contains a T-shaped bone. n-var