Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cemetery.
  • n. A place where the bones of wild animals accumulate.
  • n. A place where refuse, especially discarded cars, accumulates or is kept.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A graveyard.
  • n. In the game of dominoes, the pile of upside-down, as-yet-unused pieces.

Etymologies

bone + yard (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “This is what we call the boneyard,” Jorge said pleasantly.

    House Of The Scorpion

  • Her father takes Claire to practice in the Mexican Catholic cemetery, a ratty sandpile decorated with faded plastic flowers and clacking pinwheels, colorful santos and candles, a place her father calls the boneyard.

    Some Fun

  • Digs have been going on around the so-called boneyard field for the last 15 years.

    EDP24 News

  • It had been dubbed the boneyard by local surfers after the storm because of a tendency to sustain cuts and bruises when wading through, said Lynn Yates, Surfside Local Surfers Alliance president.

    The Facts: News

  • For the part of the inventory that most urgently needs immediate expansion, the A-10 and the close support mission, hundreds of airframes now sitting in the "boneyard" can and should be refurbished -- at extraordinarily modest cost.

    Winslow T. Wheeler: What Now, Icarus? Is Western Combat Aviation Falling Out of the Sky?

  • At the Historic Aerials website, you can find images of the aircraft "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB in 1958.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • A dusty "boneyard" contains thousands of rusting armored vehicles that the Soviet military left behind when it withdrew.

    A U.S. Strategy Unfolds at Kabul's Training Center

  • Chatiller does all repairs in-house, finding parts in the "boneyard," an entire floor of antiquated gear used for components.

    The Ten Best Fishing Tackle Shops in the U.S.A

  • “We’ve got something called the boneyard, and any troublemaker who goes through it comes out as harmless as a little lamb.”

    House Of The Scorpion

  • We’ve got something called the boneyard, and any troublemaker who goes through it comes out as harmless as a little lamb.

    House Of The Scorpion

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