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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bone.
  • adj. Having some specific type of bone.
  • adj. beset with unfortunate circumstances that seem difficult or impossible to overcome; in imminent danger.
  • adj. Broken.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having (such) bones; -- used in composition.
  • adj. Deprived of bones.
  • adj. Manured with bone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having bones (of the kind indicated in composition): as, high-boned; strong-boned.
  • In cookery, freed from bones: as, a boned fowl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having bones as specified
  • adj. having had the bones removed


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