bone

{{11}}bone (n.) O.E. ban "bone, tusk," from P.Gmc. *bainam (Cf. O.Fris. ben, O.N. bein, Dan. ben, Ger. Bein). No cognates outside Germanic (the common PIE root is *os-; see OSSEOUS (Cf. osseous)); the Norse, Dutch, and German cognates also mean "shank of the leg," and this is the main meaning in Modern German, but English never seems to have had this sense.
{{12}}bone (v.) especially in bone up "study," 1880s student slang, probably from "Bohn's Classical Library," a popular series in higher education published by German-born English publisher Henry George Bohn (1796-1884) as part of a broad series of "libraries" he issued from 1846, totaling 766 volumes, continued after 1864 by G. Bell & Sons.

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  • Bone — (b[=o]n; 110), n. [OE. bon, ban, AS. b[=a]n; akin to Icel. bein, Sw. ben, Dan. & D. been, G. bein bone, leg; cf. Icel. beinn straight.] 1. (Anat.) The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of vertebrate animals, consisting very largely of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bone — heißen: Annaba (früher frz. Bône), algerische Stadt Bone (Comic), Serie von Jeff Smith Bone (Kabupaten), Region (Kabupaten) in Süd Sulawesi, Indonesien Bone (Reich), Sultanat der Bugis in Süd Sulawesi Watampone, Hauptstadt der indonesischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bone — is the substance that forms the skeleton of the body. It is composed chiefly of calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate. It also serves as a storage area for calcium, playing a large role in calcium balance in the blood. The 206 bones in the body …   Medical dictionary

  • 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… …   English terms dictionary

  • BONE — (or Bona, ancient Hippo Regius, named Annaba after Algerian independence from French rule), Mediterranean port in northeastern Algeria close to the Tunisian border. Located on a gulf between capes Garde and Rosa, it became one of the Maghreb s… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Bone — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bone Formato Serie limitada Primera edición 1991 Última edición 2004 Editorial Self publishing Creador(es) Jeff Smith …   Wikipedia Español

  • bone — [bōn] n. [ME bon < OE ban, bone, esp. of a limb, akin to Ger bein, a leg; only Gmc] 1. any of the separate parts of the hard connective tissue forming the skeleton of most full grown vertebrate animals 2. this tissue, composed essentially of… …   English World dictionary

  • Bone — (b[=o]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boned} (b[=o]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Boning}.] 1. To withdraw bones from the flesh of, as in cookery. To bone a turkey. Soyer. [1913 Webster] 2. To put whalebone into; as, to bone stays. Ash. [1913 Webster] 3. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bone — Bone, v. t. [F. bornoyer to look at with one eye, to sight, fr. borgne one eyed.] To sight along an object or set of objects, to see if it or they be level or in line, as in carpentry, masonry, and surveying. Knight. [1913 Webster] Joiners, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bone up on — bone up (on (something)) to study or improve your understanding of something, esp. for a test. The test includes history, math, and languages, so I ll have to bone up on a lot of subjects. With new developments in medicine happening all the time …   New idioms dictionary

  • bone up — (on (something)) to study or improve your understanding of something, esp. for a test. The test includes history, math, and languages, so I ll have to bone up on a lot of subjects. With new developments in medicine happening all the time, doctors …   New idioms dictionary

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