from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun The act or art of determining a level or plane surface or a straight level line by the guidance of the eye.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The clearing of bones from fish or meat.
- noun The manuring of land with bones.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb Present participle of
- noun The removal of bones from
- noun The arrangement of
bonesin a corset.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The boning is also more flexible than a regular girdle.
A sixth-grade civics book is one start, and Wikipedia entries can be helpful in boning up on the facts.
What does is a tailoring device called "boning" - thin strips of plastic.
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.
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.
"Let's see," suggested Andy, rather glad of the diversion and of the chance to stop studying, for he had been "boning" hard.
January examinations were close at hand, while others were "boning" steadily, doing their level best to stand well in their classes.