- bone ► NOUN 1) any of the pieces of hard, whitish tissue making up the skeleton in vertebrates. 2) the hard material of which bones consist. 3) a thing resembling a bone, such as a strip of stiffening for an undergarment.► VERB 1) remove the bones from (meat or fish) before cooking. 2) (bone up on) informal study (a subject) intensively.● bone of contention — Cf. ↑bone of contention● close to the bone — Cf. ↑close to the bone● have a bone to pick with — Cf. ↑have a bone to pick with● in one's bones — Cf. ↑in one's bones● make no bones about — Cf. ↑make no bones about● off (or on) the bone — Cf. ↑on the bone● what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh (or blood) — Cf. ↑what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh● work one's fingers to the bone — Cf. ↑work one's fingers to the boneDERIVATIVES boneless adjective.ORIGIN Old English.
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Boneless — Bone less, a. Without bones. Boneless gums. Shak. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
boneless — [bōn′lis] adj. without bones; specif., with the bones removed [boneless sardines] * * * … Universalium
boneless — [bōn′lis] adj. without bones; specif., with the bones removed [boneless sardines] … English World dictionary
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boneless — a term referring to commercial preparations of fish that have had all or most of their bones removed, e.g. boneless salt cod fillet, boneless smoked herring, etc … Dictionary of ichthyology
boneless — adjective a) Without bones, especially as pertaining to meat or poultry prepared for eating. The packers were always originating such schemes they had what they called boneless hams, which were all the odds and ends of pork stuffed into casings.… … Wiktionary
boneless — bone|less [ˈbəunləs US ˈboun ] adj boneless meat or fish has had the bones taken out ▪ boneless chicken breasts … Dictionary of contemporary English
boneless — bone|less [ bounləs ] adjective boneless meat or fish has had the bones removed before it is sold … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
boneless — Coolest; the best. You gotta see The Count of Monte Cristo. When the count makes his first public appearance, he has what may be the ultimate boneless entrance ever seen in a movie … Dictionary of american slang
boneless — UK [ˈbəʊnləs] / US [ˈboʊnləs] adjective boneless meat or fish has had the bones removed before it is sold … English dictionary