(Bon"i*fy) v. t. [L. bonus good + -fy: cf. F. bonifier.] To convert into, or make, good.
To bonify evils, or tincture them with good.
(Bon"i*ness) n. The condition or quality of being bony.
(Bon"ing), n. [Senses 1 and 2 fr. 1st Bone, sense 3 fr. 3d Bone.]
1. The clearing of bones from fish or meat.
2. The manuring of land with bones.
3. 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.
(Bon"i*ta*ry) a. Beneficial, as opposed to statutory or civil; as, bonitary dominion of land.
(Bo*ni"to) n.; pl. Bonitoes [Sp. & Pg. bonito, fr. Ar. bainit and bainith.] [Often incorrectly
written bonita.] (Zoöl.)
1. A large tropical fish (Orcynus pelamys) allied to the tunny. It is about three feet long, blue above, with
four brown stripes on the sides. It is sometimes found on the American coast.
2. The skipjack (Sarda Mediterranea) of the Atlantic, an important and abundant food fish on the coast
of the United States, and (S. Chilensis) of the Pacific, and other related species. They are large and
active fishes, of a blue color with black oblique stripes.
3. The medregal an edible fish of the southern of the United States and the West Indies.
4. The cobia or crab eater an edible fish of the Middle and Southern United States.
(||Bon"mot`) n.; pl. Bonsmots [ F. bon good + mot word.] A witty repartee; a jest.
(||Bonne) n. (F., prop. good woman.) A female servant charged with the care of a young child.
(||Bonne" bouche") ; pl. Bonnes bouches [F. bon, fem. bonne, good + bouche mouth.]
A delicious morsel or mouthful; a tidbit.
(Bon"net) n. [OE. bonet, OF. bonet, bonete. F. bonnet fr. LL. bonneta, bonetum; orig. the
name of a stuff, and of unknown origin.]
1. A headdress for men and boys; a cap. [Obs.] Milton. Shak.
2. A soft, elastic, very durable cap, made of thick, seamless woolen stuff, and worn by men in Scotland.
And pis and bonnets waving high.
Sir W. Scott.
3. A covering for the head, worn by women, usually protecting more or less the back and sides of the
head, but no part of the forehead. The shape of the bonnet varies greatly at different times; formerly the
front part projected, and spread outward, like the mouth of a funnel.
4. Anything resembling a bonnet in shape or use; as, (a) (Fort.) A small defense work at a salient angle; or
a part of a parapet elevated to screen the other part from enfilade fire. (b) A metallic canopy, or projection,
over an opening, as a fireplace, or a cowl or hood to increase the draught of a chimney, etc. (c) A
frame of wire netting over a locomotive chimney, to prevent escape of sparks. (d) A roofing over the
cage of a mine, to protect its occupants from objects falling down the shaft. (e) In pumps, a metal covering
for the openings in the valve chambers.