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ˈbækˌboʊnback·bone

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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

Examples of backbone in a Sentence

  1. Carlo Ratti:

    We can analyze the pulse of the city, moment to moment, over the past decade, digital technologies have begun to blanket our cities, forming the backbone of a large, intelligent infrastructure.

  2. Ricki Eibs Tuttle:

    I think people are sick to death of the same old, same old. i just don't think he's got the backbone.

  3. Scott Walker:

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

  4. Richard Higgins:

    For the past 12 years, Chinese criminal organizations have become the backbone to the drug cartels with chemicals supplied to the cartels and laundering tens of billions of the cartel profits in North America and Europe.

  5. Ashwani Jain:

    We are the ones who are supporting them in national long distance backbone capacity ... that's why there is quantum jump in this quarter.

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