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Definitions of bone:

part of speech: adverb

1. A hard animal tissue consisting of an organic matrix of fibers of collagen impregnated with mineral matter, chiefly calcium phosphate and carbonate; the animal matter, or organic matrix, comprises about 33 per cent., the inorganic or mineral matter about 67 per cent., by weight of bone. 2. A portion of bone tissue of definite shape and size, forming a part of the animal skeleton; in man there are 200 distinct bones in the skeleton, not including the ossicles of the tympanum or the sesamoid bones other than the two patellae. A bone consists of an outer layer of dense compact tissue, covered by the periosteum, and an inner loose, spongy tissue; the central portion of a long bone is filled with marrow. ( For the several bones of the body see os, or the qualifying word.).

Usage examples for bone:

  • Have the bone removed, but do not throw it away. "Dishes & Beverages of the Old South", Martha McCulloch Williams
  • On the road the party would bury a bone or other article to test the wisdom of the witch- doctor. "The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II", R. V. Russell
  • Then take a piece of strong thin string, double it, and tie it firmly to the two ends of the wish- bone about an inch from the end on each side. "What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes", Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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