What does backbone mean?

Definitions for backbone
ˈbækˌboʊnback·bone

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    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, gumptionnoun

    fortitude and determination

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

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

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

    "the fall broke his back"

  4. spine, backbonenoun

    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. backbonenoun

    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. backbonenoun

    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. backbonenoun

    any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure

    Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.

  3. backbonenoun

    courage, fortitude, or strength

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Backbonenoun

    The bone of the back.

    Etymology: from back and bone.

    The backbone should be divided into many vertebres for commodious bending, and not be one entire rigid bone. John Ray.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backbonenoun

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

  2. Backbonenoun

    anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone

  3. Backbonenoun

    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

Examples of backbone in a Sentence

  1. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    There's serious work to be done rather than pomp andcircumstance. We need to see some backbone from President Obama on U.S.-China relations.

  2. Karl von Clausewitz:

    The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.

  3. Elias Schulze:

    Kenya and Nigeria are most obvious candidates from a macro perspective because they offer the desirable ingredients of an expanding middle-class, and a strong private sector backbone, they have a challenging but growingly sophisticated supply chain, and adaptable consumer tastes.

  4. Caitlin Connolly:

    It's a social justice issue. We have a workforce that is the backbone of long-term [care] services, and they themselves don't have coverage.

  5. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid:

    There is no gray area here. It is time for Sen. McConnell and Speaker Ryan to find the backbone to say: 'Enough,'.

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