Definition of Backbone in English :

Define Backbone in English

Backbone meaning in English

Meaning of Backbone in English

Pronunciation of Backbone in English

Backbone pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of backbone


1. anchor, backbone, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay

a central cohesive source of support and stability

Example Sentences:
'faith is his anchor'
'the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money'
'he is the linchpin of this firm'

2. backbone, grit, gumption, guts, moxie, sand

fortitude and determination

Example Sentences:
'he didn't have the guts to try it'

3. back, backbone, rachis, spinal column, spine, vertebral column

the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord

Example Sentences:
'the fall broke his back'

4. backbone, spine

the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved

Example Sentences:
'the title and author were printed on the spine of the book'

5. backbone

the part of a network that connects other networks together

Example Sentences:
'the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of backbone
1.  a nontechnical name for spinal column
something that resembles the spinal column in function, position, or appearance
strength of character; courage
the main or central mountain range of a country or region
5. nautical
the main longitudinal members of a vessel, giving structural strength
6. computing
(in computer networks) a large-capacity, high-speed central section by which other network segments are connected

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see synonyms of backbone
the column of bones along the center of the back of vertebrate animals, including humans, made up of separate bones connected by the spinal cord, ligaments, and disk-shaped cartilage; spine
main support; firmest part
a main ridge or range of mountains
willpower, courage, determination, etc.
back1 (sense 8)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of backbone
1. The vertebrate spine or spinal column.
2. Something, such as the keel of a ship, that resembles a backbone.
3. The main support or major sustaining factor: the backbone of a thesis.
4. Strength of character; determination: displayed grit and backbone in facing adversity.
5. Geology
a. A ridge forming the principal axis of a mountain.
b. The principal mountain ridge, range, or system of a region.
6. Chemistry The main chain of atoms in a polymer.
7. Computers A high-speed communications line that connects smaller, local networks to each other, especially in a wide area network.

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