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Meaning of BACKBONE

Pronunciation:  'bak`bown

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a computer network that connects other computer networks
  2. [n]  (informal) fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it"
  3. [n]  the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back"
  4. [n]  a central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith is his anchor"; "he is the linchpin of this firm"

BACKBONE is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: anchor, back, grit, gumption, guts, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay, moxie, rachis, sand, spinal column, spine, vertebral column
 See Also: axial skeleton, canalis vertebralis, chine, coccyx, computer network, fortitude, intervertebral disc, intervertebral disk, notochord, skeletal structure, spinal canal, support, tail bone, vertebra, vertebral canal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

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.

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.

Computing Dictionary

The top level in a hierarchical network. stub networks and transit networks which connect to the same backbone are guaranteed to be interconnected.

See also: internet backbone.

Biology Dictionary
  1. The spinal column, found in vertebrate animals, which runs along the dorsal side and contains the central nerve cord (spinal cord).
  2. The main structural feature of a polymer (chain-like) molecule from which many side chains branch off.
Thesaurus Terms
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