Definitions of backbone

  1. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (informal) fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The spine; firmness; courage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. The bone of the back, the vertebral column; also, firmness, stability of purpose, energy. (Amer.). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. The spine or vertebral column; firmness; resolution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The bone of the back; what is like a backbone or serves as such; decision. To the backbone, through and through. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The bone of the back; the vertebral column; the watershed of a district. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for backbone

  1. Yet behind it all there were those title- deeds, with which Sinclair had never parted, and which now formed the backbone of this present suit. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  2. I am English to the backbone – The Red Planet by William J. Locke