Definition of Bones

1. Noun. 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.

Definition of Bones

1. Noun. (plural of bone) ¹

2. Noun. A percussive folk musical instrument played as a pair in one hand, often made from bovine ribs. ¹

3. Noun. (informal) The act of two fists meeting together in the manner equivalent to a high-five. ¹

4. Verb. (third-person singular of bone) ¹

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Definition of Bones

1. bone [v] - See also: bone

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bones

boneless lean beef trimmings
bones (current term)
bones of contention
bones of digits
bones of inferior limb
bones of lower limb
bones of skull
bones of superior limb
bones of upper extremity
bones of upper limb
bones of visceral cranium
bones up

Literary usage of Bones

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The movements permitted between the tarsal and metatarsal bones are ... The bases of the four outer metatarsal bones are connected together by dorsal, ..."

2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1900)
"My practical experience with bones was gained principally in the anatomical ... The remarks which follow apply only to collections of human bones, in fact, ..."

3. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1864)
"He would ask him to state the circumstances under which he found the bones. MR. GALTON asked Dr. Kirk how far the loss of gelatine in bones, ..."

4. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes by Robert Burton (1836)
"bones.] The bones are dry and hard, begotten of the thickest of the seed, ... Ligaments are they that tye the bones together, and other parts to the bones, ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"C. Diseases of the bones 1. Osteitis deformans (Paget's Disease) General Statements.—Our present knowledge of the pathology of excessive and purposeless ..."

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