What does spine mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. spur, spine, acanthanoun

    any sharply pointed projection

  3. spine, thorn, prickle, pricker, sticker, spikeletnoun

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

  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. spinenoun

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


  1. spinenoun

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

  2. spinenoun

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

  3. spinenoun

    Courage or assertiveness.

  4. spinenoun

    The narrow, bound edge of a book.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spinenoun

    The back bone.

    Etymology: spina, Latin.

    The rapier entered his right side, reaching within a finger’s breadth of the spine. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    There are who think the marrow of a man,
    Which in the spine, while he was living, ran;
    When dead, the pith corrupted, will become
    A snake, and hiss within the hollow tomb. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spinenoun

    a sharp appendage to any of a plant; a thorn

  2. Spinenoun

    a rigid and sharp projection upon any part of an animal

  3. Spinenoun

    one of the rigid and undivided fin rays of a fish

  4. Spinenoun

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

  5. Spinenoun

    anything resembling the spine or backbone; a ridge

  6. Etymology: [L. spina thorn, the spine; akin to spica a point: cf. OF. espine, F. pine. Cf. Spike, Spinet a musical instrument, Spinny.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spine

    spīn, n. a thorn: a thin, pointed spike, esp. in fishes: the backbone of an animal: any ridge extending lengthways: the heart-wood of trees.—adjs. Spined, having spines; Spine′less, having no spine, weak; Spines′cent, somewhat spiny; Spīnif erous, bearing spines or thorns; Spī′niform, shaped like a spine or thorn; Spīnig′erous, bearing spines, as a hedgehog; Spī′nigrade, moving by means of spines, as an echinoderm.—n. Spī′niness.—adjs. Spīnirec′tor, erecting the spine of the muscles of the back; Spīnispir′ular, spiny and somewhat spiral.—ns. Spīnī′tis, inflammation of the spinal cord in the horse, &c; Spin′ney, Spin′ny, a small thicket with underwood.—adjs. Spī′nose, Spī′nous, full of spines: thorny.—ns. Spinos′ity, thorniness; Spin′ūla, Spin′ūle, a minute spine.—adjs. Spin′ūlāte, Spin′ūlōse, Spin′ūlous, covered with spinules or minute spines; Spī′ny, full of spines: thorny: troublesome: perplexed. [O. Fr. espine (Fr. épine)—L. spina, a thorn.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Spine

    The spinal or vertebral column.

Editors Contribution

  1. spine

    A structure within the body of an animal or human.

    Our spine supports our whole body so it is very important.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 29, 2020  


  1. Spine

    a sharp process: in Coccidae there are two, one each side of each segment of the pygidium.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for spine »

  1. epsin, penis, pines, snipe

  2. Epsin

  3. Penis

  4. Pines

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of spine in a Sentence

  1. Megan Leahy:

    Changing your gait can lead to problems with your spine, hips, knees and ankles down the road.

  2. Ozzy Osbourne:

    Im not back to 100%. Im about 75% there, spine surgery is bad news ... Ive been in such a bad state with pain. Im still having a lot of pain. Nothing like it was -- there was a point I was telling to Sharon the other day, I was convinced that I was dying. I was in that much discomfort and pain and misery. I thought they were all hiding it from me.

  3. Oscar Nilsson:

    Her skeleton shows she lived a hard life, her spine [may] have suffered from hard labor, resulting in a spinal condition called Schmorls nodes .

  4. Brian Murphy:

    It hit my jaw bone went down my throat, ripped apart my voice box and my Esophagus and uh bounced off my spine.

  5. Susana Calderon:

    I saw my husband when they put me on a stretcher to take me to hospital, i saw he was very badly wounded. He had a broken arm, like me. He had many wounds on his back, his waist, his whole spine, his legs.

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