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Backbone Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • the part of a network that connects other networks together; "the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic"
  • fortitude and determination; "he didn''t have the guts to try it"
  • the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back"
  • 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"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • 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" ,
  • fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it" ,
  • the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back" ,
  • 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" ,
  • the part of a network that connects other networks together; "the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic"

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Backbone Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


The vertebral column is the scientific, anatomical word for the spine or backbone. It is a column of vertebrae in the back part of the torso (upper body). There is a canal that runs through the length of the backbone. Inside this canal is the spinal cord. Animals, including humans, that have a vertebral column are called vertebrates, and animals that don't have one are called invertebrates.

The vertebral column is divided by doctors into 5 sections called regions. These 5 regions from top to bottom are:



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'Backbone' example sentence in quotations


* 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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Backbone Sample Sentences in News


  • Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander
    KIEV (Reuters) - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, visiting Kiev as head of U.S. forces in Europe, said Russia's "militarization" Read more on this news related to 'Backbone'
  • Russia provides 'backbone' to Ukrainian rebels: NATO commander
    NATO's top military commander said Wednesday the "backbone" of pro-Russian separatist rebels sowing seeds of unrest in eastern Ukraine is composed of Russian troops. After meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters that Russia was "training, equipping, giving backbone … helping [s Read more on this news related to 'Backbone'
  • Russian troops give ‘backbone’ to Ukraine rebels – Nato
    Nato commander says ‘nothing off the table’ in deciding on military aid for Ukraine Read more on this news related to 'Backbone'

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