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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. spur, spine, acantha(noun)

    any sharply pointed projection

  3. spine, thorn, prickle, pricker, sticker, spikelet(noun)

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

  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. spine(noun)

    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. spine(Noun)

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

  2. spine(Noun)

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

  3. spine(Noun)

    Courage or assertiveness.

  4. spine(Noun)

    The narrow, bound edge of a book.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spine(noun)

    a sharp appendage to any of a plant; a thorn

  2. Spine(noun)

    a rigid and sharp projection upon any part of an animal

  3. Spine(noun)

    one of the rigid and undivided fin rays of a fish

  4. Spine(noun)

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

  5. Spine(noun)

    anything resembling the spine or backbone; a ridge

  6. Origin: [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 bodily structure within an animal or human.

    Our spine supports our whole body so is very important.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 29, 2020  

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. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.

  2. Jennifer Titman:

    Right now [Ayden] has tumors on his brain and one on his spine.

  3. Toby Harnden:

    It sends a chill down my spine just sort of thinking about it now.

  4. Megan Leahy:

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

  5. Nelson Wiseman:

    What Trudeau did was surprise the field, and he stiffened the spine of a lot of liberals who were wavering.

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