Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or art of determining a level or plane surface or a straight level line by the guidance of the eye. Joiners and masons “try up” their work by boning with two straightedges, a process which determines whether the surface is uneven or is a true plane. Surveyors and architects perform the operation by means of poles, called
boning-or borning-rods, set up at certain distances. These are adjusted to the required line by looking along their vertical surfaces. Gardeners also employ a similar simple device in laying out grounds, to guide them in making the surface level or of regular slope.
- n. A form of machine-sewing in which two or more parallel lines of stitches are made in the fabric: used especially in corset-making as a means of holding the bones in place. See two-needle machine, under sewing-machine.
- v. present participle of bone.
- n. The removal of bones from fish etc; filleting.
- n. The arrangement of bones in a corset.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The clearing of bones from fish or meat.
- n. The manuring of land with bones.
- n. A method of leveling a line or surface by sighting along the tops of two or more straight edges, or a range of properly spaced poles. See 3d Bone, v. t.
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“The simplest method is known as boning; to work out a contour map of the site is more complicated.”
“By the end of hour three, during which John was singularly focused on "boning" one of the female characters and nothing much else happened, I was beyond bored.”
“Most of these milestones involve learning and honing a technical skill such as boning a chicken or mincing garlic with the back of a knife at a breakneck speed - a vital skill that I have yet to accomplish or making a certain dish or component of one.”
“Let's see," suggested Andy, rather glad of the diversion and of the chance to stop studying, for he had been "boning" hard.”
“Andy was "boning" on his German, with which he had had considerable difficulty.”
“One will be studying music, another art; one "boning" at medicine, another selling stories to the newspapers and living in hope of one day writing a great American play or novel.”
“January examinations were close at hand, while others were "boning" steadily, doing their level best to stand well in their classes.”
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