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[bohn] /boʊn/
former name of Annaba. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for Bône
  • Samples of bone will be used to determine the age and species of the skeleton.
  • Never before have researchers successfully sequenced a genome from such an ancient piece of bone.
  • If more pressure is put on a bone than it can stand, it will split or break.
  • Some cells produced in bone, called osteoblasts, build bone where it is needed.
  • Extreme close-up images of human bone have revealed one of the secrets of its strength, researchers report.
  • At my last dental cleaning, the hygienist told me that my gums were in good shape, but that the x-rays indicated some bone loss.
  • The bone marrow was the source of the stem cells that made the procedure newsworthy.
  • They are several foot bones and an upper arm bone from four different individual animals.
  • But researchers in various labs are making progress towards milder methods of cleaning bone marrow that humans could tolerate.
  • Cancellous bone provides the framework on which bone marrow cells grow and also makes essential minerals available to the body.
British Dictionary definitions for Bône


/French bon/
a former name of Annaba


any of the various structures that make up the skeleton in most vertebrates
the porous rigid tissue of which these parts are made, consisting of a matrix of collagen and inorganic salts, esp calcium phosphate, interspersed with canals and small holes related adjectives osseous osteal
something consisting of bone or a bonelike substance
(pl) the human skeleton or body: they laid his bones to rest, come and rest your bones
a thin strip of whalebone, light metal, plastic, etc, used to stiffen corsets and brassieres
(pl) the essentials (esp in the phrase the bare bones): to explain the bones of a situation
(pl) dice
(pl) an informal nickname for a doctor
close to the bone, near the bone
  1. risqué or indecent: his jokes are rather close to the bone
  2. in poverty; destitute
feel in one's bones, to have an intuition of
have a bone to pick, to have grounds for a quarrel
make no bones about
  1. to be direct and candid about
  2. to have no scruples about
(often foll by at) (Austral) point the bone
  1. to wish bad luck (on)
  2. to threaten to bring about the downfall (of)
verb (mainly transitive)
to remove the bones from (meat for cooking, etc)
to stiffen (a corset, etc) by inserting bones
to fertilize with bone meal
(taboo, slang) to have sexual intercourse with
(Brit) a slang word for steal
See also bone up
Derived Forms
boneless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English bān; related to Old Norse béin, Old Frisian bēn, Old High German bein
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Word Origin and History for Bône



Old English ban "bone, tusk," from Proto-Germanic *bainam (cf. Old Frisian ben, Old Norse bein, Danish ben, German Bein). No cognates outside Germanic (the common PIE root is *os-; see 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.


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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Bône in Medicine

bone (bōn)

  1. The dense, semirigid, porous, calcified connective tissue forming the major portion of the skeleton of most vertebrates, consisting of a dense organic matrix and an inorganic, mineral component.

  2. Any of the more than 200 anatomically distinct structures making up the human skeleton.

  3. A piece of bone.

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Bône in Science
  1. The hard, dense, calcified tissue that forms the skeleton of most vertebrates, consisting of a matrix made up of collagen fibers and mineral salts. There are two main types of bone structure: compact, which is solid and hard, and cancellous, which is spongy in appearance. Bone serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles and protects vital organs, such as the brain, heart, and lungs. See more at osteoblast, osteocyte.

  2. Any of the structures made of bone that constitute a skeleton, such as the femur. The human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Bône

bone 1

  1. Money; cash (1970s+ Teenagers)
  2. A dollar, esp a silver dollar (1860s+)
  3. The erect penis (mid-1800s+)

(also bone away) To do the sex act; screw: Shit! he thought. He coulda been boning by now (1980s+ Students)

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have a bone on, jawbone, tailbone

bone 2


A diligent student


(also bone up) To study, esp to study intensely for an examination

[College students 1880s+; fr the student's use of bohns, ''translations, ponies,'' named after Bohn's Classical Library]

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