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bone (adverb)
to a great degree
SYNONYMS:
achingly, almighty, archly, awful, awfully, badly, beastly, blisteringly, bone, colossally, corking, cracking, damn, damned, dang, deadly, desperately, eminently, enormously, especially, ever, exceedingly ( exceeding), extra, extremely, fabulously, fantastically, far, fiercely, filthy, frightfully, full, greatly, heavily, highly, hugely, immensely, incredibly, intensely, jolly, majorly, mightily, mighty, monstrous, mortally, most, much, particularly, passing, rattling, real, really, right, roaring, roaringly, seriously, severely, so, sore, sorely, spanking, specially, stinking, such, super, supremely, surpassingly, terribly, that, thumping, too, unco, uncommonly, vastly, vitally, way, whacking, wicked, wildly
RELATED WORDS:
absolutely, altogether, completely, downright, entirely, flat-out, fully, positively, purely, radically, thoroughly, totally, utterly, wholly; deeply, profoundly; exceptionally, notably, remarkably; considerably, extensively, significantly, substantially; appreciably, discernibly, markedly, noticeably, obviously, palpably, plainly, visibly; abundantly, plentifully; astronomically, grandly, monstrously, monumentally; excessively, obscenely, overmuch; amazingly, astonishingly, staggeringly
NEAR ANTONYMS:
meagerly, scantily; barely, hardly, just, marginally, minimally, scarcely
little, negligibly, nominally, slightly, somewhat
bone (noun)
1.
a habitual attraction to some activity or thing
SYNONYMS:
affection, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, leaning, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turn
RELATED WORDS:
favor, one-sidedness, partisanship, prejudice; endowment, faculty, flair, genius, gift, knack, talent; addiction, appetite, fancy, fondness, like, liking, preference, taste; forte, speciality, specialty; convention, custom, habit, pattern, practice ( practise), routine, trick, way, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, kink, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularity
NEAR ANTONYMS:
allergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disinclination, dislike, disliking, disrelish, distaste; detachment, impartiality, neutrality, objectivity; apathy, disinterestedness, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern
bone (noun)
Array
a small cube marked on each side with one to six spots and usually played in pairs in various games
SYNONYMS:
bones, dice
bone (noun)
Array
the seat of one's deepest thoughts and emotions
SYNONYMS:
belly, blood, bone(s), bosom, breast, gut, heart, heartstrings, inner space, inside, quick, soul
RELATED WORDS:
conscience, mind
bone (noun)
slang
a U.S. currency bill representing 100 cents
SYNONYMS:
bone, buck, clam, one, smacker
RELATED WORDS:
greenback; dead presidents []
bone (noun)
Array
a dead body
SYNONYMS:
bones, cadaver, carcass, corpus, corse, relics, remains, stiff
RELATED WORDS:
mummy; carnage, carrion; ashes; deceased, decedent
bone (verb)
to use the mind to acquire knowledge
SYNONYMS:
bone (up)
RELATED WORDS:
cram; grind, swot []; analyze, deduce, find out; con, learn, memorize, read; research, restudy; apprehend, comprehend, grasp, know, understand; absorb, digest
Bone (Wikipedia)

Bone
Left femur of extinct elephant, Alaska, Ice Age Wellcome L0057714.jpg
A bone dating from the Pleistocene Ice Age of an extinct species of elephant.
Bertazzo S - SEM deproteined bone - wistar rat - x10k.tif
A scanning electronic micrograph of bone at 10,000× magnification.
Identifiers
MeSHD001842
TAA02.0.00.000
THH3.01.00.0.00001
FMA30317
Anatomical terminology

A bone is a rigid organ that constitutes part of the vertebrate skeleton in animals. Bones protect the various organs of the body, produce red and white blood cells, store minerals, provide structure and support for the body, and enable mobility. Bones come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have a complex internal and external structure. They are lightweight yet strong and hard, and serve multiple functions.

Bone tissue (osseous tissue) is a hard tissue, a type of dense connective tissue. It has a honeycomb-like matrix internally, which helps to give the bone rigidity. Bone tissue is made up of different types of bone cells. Osteoblasts and osteocytes are involved in the formation and mineralization of bone; osteoclasts are involved in the resorption of bone tissue. Modified (flattened) osteoblasts become the lining cells that form a protective layer on the bone surface. The mineralised matrix of bone tissue has an organic component of mainly collagen called ossein and an inorganic component of bone mineral made up of various salts. Bone tissue is a mineralized tissue of two types, cortical bone and cancellous bone. Other types of tissue found in bones include bone marrow, endosteum, periosteum, nerves, blood vessels and cartilage.

In the human body at birth, there are approximately 270 bones present; many of these fuse together during development, leaving a total of 212 separate bones in the adult, not counting numerous small sesamoid bones. The largest bone in the body is the femur or thigh-bone, and the smallest is the stapes in the middle ear.

The Greek word for bone is ὀστέον ("osteon"), hence the many terms that use it as a prefix—such as osteopathy.

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