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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bones a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance
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He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246 He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246
They wuz covered with bone instead of scales They wuz covered with bone instead of scales
Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans
Section of Bone Section of Bone


  • Gypsy Proverb
    Gypsy Proverb
    “The dog that trots about finds a bone.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.”
  • Proverb
    “Two dogs strive for a bone and the third one runs off with it.”
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “He had not an ounce of superfluous flesh on his bones, and leanness goes a great way towards gentility.”
  • Jack London
    Jack London
    “A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
  • Bible
    “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”


All skin and bone - If a person is very underweight, they are all skin and bone, or bones.
Bag of bones - If someone is a bag of bones, they are very underweight.
Bone of contention - If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention.
Bone to pick - If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel.
Chew on a bone - If someone is chewing on a bone, he or she is thinking about something intently.
Dry as a bone - If your lawn is as dry as a bone, the soil is completely dry.
I've got a bone to pick with you - If somebody says this, they mean that they have some complaint to make against the person they are addressing.
Make no bones about it - If somebody make no bones about a scandal in their past, they are open and honest about it and show no shame or embarrassment.
Skin and bones - If someone is skin and bones, they are very underweight and look bad.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me - To be resistant to criticism. This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.
Throw someone a bone - If you throw someone a bone, you give them a small reward or some kind words to make them feel good even if they've not really contributed much.
Work your fingers to the bone - If you work your fingers to the bone, you work extremely hard on something.


In literature:

You have learned about the twenty-four little bones in the spine, and the ribs that curve around from the spine to the front, or breast-bone.
"Child's Health Primer For Primary Classes" by Jane Andrews
He took it with the eagerness of a dog snatching a bone.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
A light came to Bones's eyes.
"The Keepers of the King's Peace" by Edgar Wallace
In bones we find a great canal for spinal cord.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
We made our tops heart-shaped of wood, horn or bone.
"Indian Child Life" by Charles A. Eastman
Part of the wing bones, the jaw bones, and half the thigh bones remain.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Might have made a cleanin' wid de bones.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Cut as many cutlets as required, trim, and scrape the bone.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
If individual disuse diminished the weight of the duck's wing-bones by 9 per cent.
"Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?" by William Platt Ball
Bone'm was a growling just now like the old 'un.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Simmer at least one hour, put in potatoes and simmer for another hour or until meat falls off the bone.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
While the women sewed with bone awls, Willow-grouse watched Flaker, who was sawing a bone with a flint saw.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Put a small piece of the small bones of the hare in every cutlet and dish them in a crown.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis
Alcohol sometimes causes the arteries to become hard, and even to change to a kind of bone.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
Are you short of bone, nose, size, form, temper, look for the excess of these.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
The chance of breaking the bones in the foot are also lessened.
"Steel Traps" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Many of the bones were rolled as if partially subjected to the action of the waves.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
The bone interested him more.
"Rick and Ruddy" by Howard R. Garis
McClatchy handed me a thirty percent cut this morning and I'm going to the bone.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
She rode ahead on a sorry looking nag appropriately named Bones.
"Hoofbeats on the Turnpike" by Mildred A. Wirt

In poetry:

Submit he must to feeble ones,
To worms who will enclose
His skin and flesh, sinews and bones,
And will thereof dispose
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
FOR the poor body that I own
I could weep many a tear:
The days have stolen flesh and bone,
And left a changeling here.
"Garadh" by Padraic Colum
Hold us secure behind the gates
Of saving flesh and bone,
Lest we should dream what Dream awaits
The Soul escaped alone.
"The Prayer of Miriam Cohen" by Rudyard Kipling
"Those weeks of sea and mountain
Had many valued points;
But oh, this loosening of my bones,
This limbering of my joints!
"September" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Unhonoured, in a parish-grave
Your toil-worn bones they toss:
Your labour was the ore they coined,
Your body is the dross.
"The Walk Home From Beldagon" by Ernest Jones
Then the soul of Judas Iscariot
Did make a gentle moan —
'I will bury underneath the ground
My flesh and blood and bone.
"The Ballad Of Judas Iscariot" by Robert Williams Buchanan

In news:

Bonefish Grill is good to the bone.
When I unwrapped the aluminum foil and the banana leaf and forked into the tamale I saw a chicken bone.
Their little bones can make anyone tackling them with knife and fork feel like Gulliver in Lilliput -- and wonder whether the flavor is worth the bother.
Boning up at Table Rock.
Upset pornographers and the definition of scissoring: "Queer and Boning " controversy.
Researchers at Toronto General Hospital recruited 202 women whose bone mass was low but not bad enough to require treatment with prescription drugs.
All the women were given calcium and vitamin D to see if the supplements plus the vibration reduced the rate of bone loss.
Here's a list of 10 books to help the curious reader bone up on Beijing.
"To glove- bone a Cornish hen or any bird, one typically uses a boning knife," says Kendall College's Chef Mike Artlip.
Carefully insert your knife between the hip bone and skin, making sure not to cut or tear the skin.
It's a medical fact that women build bone density until about the age of 30.
The bursa is a fluid filled sack that acts as a cushion to reduce friction between bones and muscles or tendons.
Bursitis (ber-SYE-tis) is the inflammation of the bursa, which are fluid-filled cavities in the joints where tendons and muscles pass over bone.
Dr Richard Amato places bone grafts for patients who have lost too much bone to support dental implants.
Women are more likely to have osteoporotic fractures than men because their bones are smaller and they lose bone mass faster through hormonal changes around the time of menopause .

In science:

Boning, Design for manufacturability and statistical design. Springer Publications, P.O.
Design and modelling of different SRAM's based on CNTFET 32nm technology
We have always thought about our electronic journals as databases of digital articles, from which we can publish and syndicate articles one at a time, and we must now put flesh on those bones by developing practices that are consistent with the realities of article at a time publication online.
Fully Digital: Policy and Process Implications for the AAS
Our eardrum is simply a membrane that is stretched across tissue and bone.
Music in Terms of Science
Devices such as pacemakers, bone replacement units and artificial skin turn into gel when implanted in the body.
Effects of permeability and viscosity in linear polymeric gels
The work yielded numerical evaluations of shear stress at the interface between two gels representing bone tissue and the artificial implant.
Effects of permeability and viscosity in linear polymeric gels
C values of carbonate, the mineral component of bone and tooth enamel.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience
The perforations appear not to be breakage, as the bone is finished around them.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Alexander (University of Leeds) improved our understanding of bone stress. D.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Dynamic Behavior and Microstructural Properties of Cancellous Bone.
Dynamic behavior and microstructural properties of cancellous bone
Th. The behavior of bovine cancellous bone under compression exhibits a foam-type behavior over the whole range of strain rates explored in this study. The results show that for the quasistatic tests only the stresses are correlated with BV/TV.
Dynamic behavior and microstructural properties of cancellous bone
Two descrip tors of the microstructure of the cancellous bone were used in this study: the ratio of bone volume relatively to the total volume of the specimen BV/TV and the mean thickness of the trabeculae Tb .
Dynamic behavior and microstructural properties of cancellous bone
The behavior of bovine cancellous bone under compression is measured as a foam-type behavior over the whole range of strain rates explored in this study (F igure 2a).
Dynamic behavior and microstructural properties of cancellous bone
For the quasi static and non confined dynamic tests, the apparent Young’s modulus E, the y ield stress σy and the plateau stress σp increase w ith the ratio bone volume total volume BV /TV and mean thickness of the trabeculae Tb.
Dynamic behavior and microstructural properties of cancellous bone
Th (p = 0.021). This result underlines the influence of bone during the densification of the specimen.
Dynamic behavior and microstructural properties of cancellous bone
When compared to the material parameters determined for the human femur (table 4), rib bone exhibits a lower Young’s modulus, but the failure stress and failure strain are in the same range.
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics