What does backbone mean?

Definitions for backboneˈbækˌboʊn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word backbone.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumption(noun)

    fortitude and determination

    "he didn't have the guts to try it"

  3. 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"

  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. backbone(noun)

    the part of a network that connects other networks together

    "the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic"

Wiktionary

  1. backbone(Noun)

    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.

  2. backbone(Noun)

    any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure

    Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.

  3. backbone(Noun)

    courage, fortitude, or strength

    He would make a good manager, if he had a little more backbone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backbone(noun)

    the column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column

  2. Backbone(noun)

    anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone

  3. Backbone(noun)

    firmness; moral principle; steadfastness

Freebase

  1. Backbone

    Backbone is the second album by jazz saxophonist Boney James, released in 1993.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backbone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backbone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Karl von Clausewitz:

    The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.

  2. Clementine Paddleford:

    Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.

  3. Clementine Paddleford:

    Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.

  4. Elaine Agather:

    The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.

  5. Henry Hitt Crane:

    Each of us should do something every day That we do not want to do But we know we should do, To strengthen our backbone And put iron in our soul.

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