• (n.) The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of vertebrate
animals, consisting very largely of calcic carbonate, calcic phosphate,
and gelatine; as, blood and bone.
• (n.) One of the pieces or parts of an animal skeleton; as, a rib
or a thigh bone; a bone of the arm or leg; also, any fragment of bony
substance. (pl.) The frame or skeleton of the body.
• (n.) Anything made of bone, as a bobbin for weaving bone lace.
• (n.) Two or four pieces of bone held between the fingers and
struck together to make a kind of music.
• (n.) Dice.
• (n.) Whalebone; hence, a piece of whalebone or of steel for a
• (n.) Fig.: The framework of anything.
• (v. t.) To withdraw bones from the flesh of, as in cookery.
• (v. t.) To put whalebone into; as, to bone stays.
• (v. t.) To fertilize with bone.
• (v. t.) To steal; to take possession of.
• (v. t.) 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.