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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. Category: Anatomy

    Ref: spinal column.

  2. a hard, sharp-pointed outgrowth on a plant; thorn.

    Category: Botany

  3. a stiff-pointed bone, process, or appendage, as the quill of a porcupine or the sharp rays in the fin of certain fishes.

    Category: Zoology, Anatomy

  4. resolution or courage; backbone.

  5. a ridge, as of ground or rock.

  6. the back of a book binding, usu. indicating the title and author.

    Category: Printing

Origin of spine:

1400–50; late ME < L spīna thorn, backbone

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spinal column, vertebral column, spine, backbone, back, rachis(noun)

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

    "the fall broke his back"

  2. spur, spine, acantha(noun)

    any sharply pointed projection

  3. spine, thorn, prickle, pricker, sticker, spikelet(noun)

    a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf

  4. spine, backbone(noun)

    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

    "the title and author were printed on the spine of the book"

  5. spine(noun)

    a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spineɪn

    the row of bones that protect the spinal cord

    an injury to the spine

  2. spineɪn

    one of the sharp points on some animals' bodies

    the spines of a porcupine

  3. spineɪn

    the back of a book where the pages are held together

    a book with a broken spine


  1. spine(Noun)

    A person or thing's backbone; the series of bones collectively from one's (literal or figurative) head to tail or pelvis.

  2. spine(Noun)

    A rigid, pointed surface protuberance or needle-like structure on an animal, shell, or plant.

  3. spine(Noun)

    Courage or assertiveness.

  4. spine(Noun)

    The narrow, bound edge of a book.

  5. Origin: From espine (modern French épine) or its source, spina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spine(noun)

    a sharp appendage to any of a plant; a thorn

  2. Spine(noun)

    a rigid and sharp projection upon any part of an animal

  3. Spine(noun)

    one of the rigid and undivided fin rays of a fish

  4. Spine(noun)

    the backbone, or spinal column, of an animal; -- so called from the projecting processes upon the vertebrae

  5. Spine(noun)

    anything resembling the spine or backbone; a ridge

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Spine

    The spinal or vertebral column.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Spine' in Nouns Frequency: #2354

Anagrams of Spine

  1. epsin, penis, pines, snipe

  2. Epsin

  3. Penis

  4. Pines

Translations for Spine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the line of linked bones running down the back of humans and many animals; the backbone

She damaged her spine when she fell.

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