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Backbone Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    backbone n
  1. 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" [syn: anchor, mainstay, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin]
  2. fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it" [syn: grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumption]
  3. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back" [syn: spinal column, vertebral column, spine, back, rachis]
  4. the part of a network that connects other networks together; "the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic"
Backbone Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Backbone \Back"bone"\, n. [2d back,n.+ bone. ]
  1. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column.
  2. Anything like, or serving the purpose of, a backbone. The lofty mountains on the north side compose the granitic axis, or backbone of the country. --Darwin. We have now come to the backbone of our subject. --Earle.
  3. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness. Shelley's thought never had any backbone. --Shairp. To the backbone, through and through; thoroughly; entirely. ``Staunch to the backbone.'' --Lord Lytton.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Backbone'

  • Backbone: Backbone may mean: Vertebral column , of a vertebrate organism. Backbone chain , in polymer chemistry, the framework of the molecule ...
  • Backbone network: A backbone network or network backbone is a part of computer network infrastructure that interconnects various pieces of network, providing ...
  • Backbone Entertainment: Backbone Entertainment is an independent video game development company located in Emeryville, California . Backbone Entertainment is the ...
  • Internet backbone: The Internet backbone refers to the principal data routes between large, strategically interconnected network s and core router s in the ...
  • Backbone chain: In organic chemistry , the backbone chain of a polymer is the series of covalent ly bonded atom s that together create the continuous ...

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* The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy. - Karl von Clausewitz

* Each of us should do something every day That we do not want to do But we know we should do, To strengthen our backbone And put iron in our soul. - Henry Hitt Crane

* Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be. - Clementine Paddleford

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