Spine definition

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Something that resembles or suggests a backbone, as:
  • The hinged back of a book.
  • The crest of a ridge.
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The spinal column of a vertebrate.
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Any of the stiff, sharp-pointed, superficial emergences on a plant, as on a rose, thistle, or cactus.
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The spinal column; backbone.
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Strength of character; courage or willpower.
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Anything regarded as resembling a backbone, as.
  • A ridge of ground, crest of a hill, etc.
  • The part of a bound book covering the backbone, and usually bearing the title and author's name.
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(zoology) Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.
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A strong, sharp-pointed outgrowth derived from a leaf or leaf part.
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Any of various similar sharp structures, such as a thorn.
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Courage, willpower, etc.
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A sharp process of bone.
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Any of the sharp, stiff projections on the bodies of certain animals, as the quill of a porcupine or a ray of a fish's fin.
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Anything resembling either of these projections.
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The spinal column of a vertebrate.
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(zoology) Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.
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A strong, sharp-pointed outgrowth derived from a leaf or leaf part.
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Any of various similar sharp structures, such as a thorn.
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Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.
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A person's or an animal's backbone; the series of bones from head to tail or pelvis.
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A rigid, pointed surface protuberance or needle-like structure on an animal, shell, or plant.
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The narrow, bound edge of a book.
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Something resembling a backbone.
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A sharp-pointed projection on a plant, especially a hard, narrow modified leaf, as on a cactus, that is adapted to reduce water loss.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spine
Plural:
spines

Origin of spine

  • Middle English from Old French espine from Latin spīna

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French espine (modern French épine) or its source, Latin spīna.

    From Wiktionary