wishbone

(redirected from wishbones)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to wishbones: wishing bone

wish·bone

 (wĭsh′bōn′)
n.
1. The forked bone anterior to the breastbone of most birds, formed by the fusion of the clavicles.
2. Football An offensive formation in which the halfbacks are positioned behind and to the left and right of the fullback.

[From the superstition that when two people pull the bone apart a wish will be fulfilled for the person who retains the longer piece.]

wishbone

(ˈwɪʃˌbəʊn)
n
(Zoology) the V-shaped bone above the breastbone in most birds consisting of the fused clavicles; furcula
[C17: from the custom of two people breaking apart the bone after eating: the person with the longer part makes a wish]

wish•bone

(ˈwɪʃˌboʊn)

n.
1. a forked bone, formed by the fusion of the two clavicles, in front of the breastbone in most birds; furcula.
2. a football offensive formation in which the fullback is directly behind the quarterback and two halfbacks are farther behind to either side.
[1850–55, Amer.; so called from the custom of pulling the furcula of a cooked fowl apart until it breaks, the person holding the longer (sometimes shorter) piece being granted a wish]

wish·bone

(wĭsh′bōn′)
The forked bone in front of the breastbone in most birds, consisting of the two collarbones partly fused together. It serves as a spring, capturing some of the energy during the downward stroke of the wings for release on the upward stroke.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wishbone - the furcula of a domestic fowlwishbone - the furcula of a domestic fowl  
furcula - a forked bone formed by the fusion of the clavicles of most birds
bird, fowl - the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
Translations
bôme double

wishbone

[ˈwɪʃbəʊn] Nespoleta f

wishbone

[ˈwɪʃbəʊn] nbréchet mwishful thinking [ˈwɪʃfʊl] n
it's wishful thinking → c'est prendre ses désirs pour des réalitéswish list nliste f de souhaits
... one special toy that tops the wish list of every child → ... un jouet en particulier, arrivant en tête de la liste de souhaits de chaque enfant ..., ... un jouet particulier, figurant en premier sur la commande au Père Noël de chaque enfant ...

wishbone

nGabelbein nt

wishbone

[ˈwɪʃˌbəʊn] n (of turkey, chicken) → forcella
References in classic literature ?
They couldn't find no letters nor nothing on him; nothing but an old penknife in his pocket and the wishbone of a chicken wrapped up in a piece of paper, and some poetry.
Anne, in her flannel blouse and serge skirt, with her hair rather blown from her windy walk home, was sitting squarely in the middle of the floor, teasing the Sarah-cat with a wishbone.
Anne scrambled to her feet somehow, emptying two indignant cats out of her lap as she did so, and mechanically shifting her wishbone from her right hand to her left.
But she relented again at the last and gave Cecily a wishbone.
com)-- Professional Pet Sitters of Minnesota is hosting another Wishbones for Pets fundraiser.
It is only recently that manufacturers have become interested in the wishbones which have evolved becoming thinner and lighter than in the past.
MONTREAL, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Toulch North America, designers and manufacturers of innovative eyewear systems, today announced the launch of a new line of wishbones for the Toulch ONE(TM) interchangeable eyewear system.
The chassis also includes a version of the Armada's independent rear suspension with double wishbones, offset springs and dampers (the dampers are on the toe-control link), and an anti-roll bar.
The critical high-stress components include rear axle wishbones and transmission mountings for the high-performance A4 models, the Audi A8 and the new high-end Concept Dl.
Developed by Y&R under the theme "Wish Big," Sears gave away more than 1,000,000 infringing plastic wishbones with a discount coupon, and more than 39,000,000 images of the copyrighted work were distributed on the front cover of newspaper circulars promoting the campaign.
There are various different interpretations of the wishbone theme and pieces include witty 'snapped' wishbones, complete with star-shaped diamond 'snaps', linking-wishbone bracelets, elegant diamond-set wishbone pendants and earrings, two strongly contemporary minimalist wishbone bangle, earring and pendant suites and some stylish ring and pendant suites.