from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The vertebrate spine or spinal column.
- n. Something, such as the keel of a ship, that resembles a backbone.
- n. A main support or major sustaining factor: the backbone of a thesis.
- n. Geology A ridge forming the principal axis of a mountain.
- n. Geology The principal mountain ridge, range, or system of a region.
- n. Chemistry The main chain of atoms in a polymer.
- n. Strength of character; determination: displayed grit and backbone in facing adversity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure
- n. courage, fortitude, or strength
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column.
- n. Anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone.
- n. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bone of the middle line of the back; the spine; the vertebral column; the vertebræ collectively.
- n. Something resembling a backbone in appearance, position, or office: as, the Apennines are the backbone of Italy.
- n. Figuratively, firmness; stability of purpose; decision of character; resolution; moral principle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the part of a network that connects other networks together
- n. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
- n. 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
- n. fortitude and determination
- n. a central cohesive source of support and stability
The yellow streak up his backbone is the width of the M25.
LOTHIAN: As President Obama signed executive orders that he says levels the playing field between labor unions and employers, he reached out to what he calls the backbone of the country -- middle class families, people White House spokesman Robert Gibbs suggested the Bush administration ignored.
He said the problem with recruiting and retaining the general internal medicine specialists, which he called the backbone of rural hospitals, plus support staff, has put pressure on family physicians to deal with sick patients beyond their scope.
Schumer said the program could make a real difference in the economy, by helping small businesses, which he called the backbone of the U.S. economy.
Granholm begged the Obama administration to help the manufacturing sector, which she called the backbone of the middle class in this country.
The peope will have to put the bone back in backbone for state leaders.
The Mount Nimba range is a 40 km-long narrow ridge running southwest to northeast, part of a Guinean mountain backbone bordering Sierra Leone and Liberia, of Precambrian basement rock, predominantly granites.
Since these charlatans can't find a legitimate doctor to tout their medical blasphemy, they have to rely on poor Suzie, who, God bless her, doesn't know a steroid backbone from a botox molecule (which, by the way looks suspiciously like the Thigh Master).
The weak backbone is apparent on almost all, but is outright missing on some.
Providing and seeking out the women who are serving in backbone roles within our community and bringing the spotlight to them and supporting them must become a shared priority.