A bone.




  • Of an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.


  • To prepare (meat, etc) by removing the bone or bones from.
  • To fertilize with bone.
  • To put whalebone into.
  • To make level, using a particular procedure; to survey a level line.
  • To have sexual intercourse with.
  • To perform "bone pointing", a ritual that is intended to bring illness or even death to the victim.
  • To study.
  • To polish boots to a shiny finish.
  • To apprehend, steal.
  • To sight along an object or set of objects to check whether they are level or in line.


Similar words


  • From Middle English bon, from Old English bān, from Proto-Germanic *bainą, from *bainaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyh₂-.
  • Cognate with Scots bane, been, bean, bein, bain, North Frisian bien ("bone"), West Frisian bien, Dutch been, German Low German Been, Bein, German Bein, German Gebein, Swedish ben, Norwegian and Icelandic bein, Breton benañ, Latin perfinēs, Avestan 𐬠𐬫𐬈𐬥𐬙𐬈. Related also to Old Norse beinn (whence Middle English bain, bayne, bayn, beyn, Scots bein, bien), Icelandic beinn, Norwegian bein. See bain, bein.
  • Origin unknown; probably related in some way to Etymology 1, above.
  • Borrowed from French bornoyer to look at with one eye, to sight, from borgne one-eyed.

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