Associations to the word «Backbone»

Wiktionary

BACKBONE, noun. 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.
BACKBONE, noun. Any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure
BACKBONE, noun. Courage, fortitude, or strength

Dictionary definition

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

Wise words

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