Definitions for backboneˈbækˌboʊn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the spinal column; spine.
strength of character; resolution.
something resembling a backbone in appearance, position, or function.
spine (def. 6).
Origin of backbone:
anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin(noun)
a central cohesive source of support and stability
"faith is his anchor"; "the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money"; "he is the linchpin of this firm"
backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumption(noun)
fortitude and determination
"he didn't have the guts to try it"
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"
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"
the part of a network that connects other networks together
"the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the bones running up the middle of the back; = spine
a feeling of pressure on my backbone
the strongest or most important part
Manufacturing is the backbone of the economy.
determination and strength of character
Does he have the backbone to do this job?
The series of vertebrae, separated by disks, that encloses and protects the spinal cord, and runs down the middle of the back in vertebrate animals.
any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure
Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.
courage, fortitude, or strength
He would make a good manager, if he had a little more backbone.
the column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column
anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone
firmness; moral principle; steadfastness
Translations for backbone
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the backbone of a fish.
- العَمود الفَقَريArabic
- espinha dorsalPortuguese (BR)
- das RückgratGerman
- σπονδυλική στήλη, ραχοκοκαλιάGreek
- espina dorsalSpanish
- ستون فقراتFarsi
- colonne vertébrale, épine dorsaleFrench
- עֲמוּד שִׁדְרָהHebrew
- रीढ की हड्डीHindi
- tulang punggungIndonesian
- spina dorsale, colonna vertebraleItalian
- tulang belakangMalay
- ستون فقراتPersian
- د ملا تیرPashto
- coloană vertebrală, şira spinăriiRomanian
- omurga, belkemiğiTurkish
- 背脊Chinese (Trad.)
- спинний хребетUkrainian
- ریڑھ کی ہڈیUrdu
- xương sốngVietnamese
- 脊骨Chinese (Simp.)
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