Synonyms for backbone

Synonyms for backbone DEFAULT

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[ bak-bohn ]

/ ˈbækˌboʊn /


noun

Anatomy. the spinal column; spine.

strength of character; resolution.

something resembling a backbone in appearance, position, or function.

Bookbinding. a back or bound edge of a book; spine.

Nautical. a rope running along the middle of an awning, as a reinforcement and as an object to which a supporting bridle or crowfoot may be attached.

Naval Architecture. the central fore-and-aft assembly of the keel and keelson, giving longitudinal strength to the bottom of a vessel.

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Origin of backbone

1250–1300; Middle English bacbon. See back1, bone

OTHER WORDS FROM backbone

backboned,adjectivebackboneless,adjective

Words nearby backbone

backbite, backblocks, backboard, backboard splint, back boiler, backbone, backbreaker, backbreaking, backburn, back burner, back burner, on a

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Words related to backbone

determination, spine, foundation, heart, spunk, resolve, grit, toughness, nerve, stamina, guts, pluck, willpower, will, courage, firmness, tenacity, fortitude, steadfastness, resolution

How to use backbone in a sentence

  • The tech giants’ fingerprints, brain power and dollars are all over the invisible backbone of the global internet.

    This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 11)|Singularity Hub Staff|July 11, 2020|Singularity Hub 

  • Instead, straighten your civic backbone and push back in clear conscience.

    Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • She had been, he says, the backbone of their family and losing her shifted their entire emotional landscape.

    Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone|Samantha Levine|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • She refused to participate in political bribery, which is the unspoken prerequisite backbone of this world.

    ‘Housewife Tycoon’ Took On ‘Mad Men’ NYC Real Estate Market and Won|Vicky Ward|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • With a backbone of steel, she matched her husband in intelligence, perseverance, and strength of spirit.

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  • That timeline can serve as the backbone for the story our data tells.

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  • Its backbone should be the study of biology and its substance should be the threshing out of the burning questions of our day.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells

  • He was Gascon to the backbone, and his tongue too often betrayed his most secret and his most transient thoughts.

    Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison

  • I kept a stiff backbone for a while, but presently a futile rage against circumstances bubbled up and boiled over.

    Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • Isabel deigned no reply, and he took possession of a deep chair, settled himself on his backbone, and regarded her attentively.

    Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton

  • Education, the "backbone" of cultural activities, is one of the most challenging current problems facing Virginia.

    Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey

British Dictionary definitions for backbone


noun

a nontechnical name for spinal column

something that resembles the spinal column in function, position, or appearance

strength of character; courage

the main or central mountain range of a country or region

nauticalthe main longitudinal members of a vessel, giving structural strength

computing(in computer networks) a large-capacity, high-speed central section by which other network segments are connected

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for backbone


n.

spinal column

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for backbone


See vertebral column.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for backbone


The primary line(s) that connects the slower, shorter cable portions of a communications network together. (Seelast mile.) In larger networks, such as the Internet, a backbone consists of high-capacity, high-speed lines that can extend over great distances.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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Italy’s luxury sector is dominated by world-renowned brands from Gucci to Valentino and Versace, but it is tens of thousands of small family businesses that form the backbone of the country’s $93 billion fashion and leather industry.

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Its backbone should be the study of biology and its substance should be the threshing out of the burning questions of our day.

THE SALVAGING OF CIVILISATIONH. G. (HERBERT GEORGE) WELLS

He was Gascon to the backbone, and his tongue too often betrayed his most secret and his most transient thoughts.

NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON

I kept a stiff backbone for a while, but presently a futile rage against circumstances bubbled up and boiled over.

RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR

Isabel deigned no reply, and he took possession of a deep chair, settled himself on his backbone, and regarded her attentively.

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nounfoundation for belief, action

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Synonyms of backbone in English:

backbone


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noun

1‘an injured backbone’

SYNONYMS

spine, spinal column, vertebral column, vertebrae

back

technical dorsum, rachis

2‘these firms are the backbone of our industrial sector’

SYNONYMS

mainstay, cornerstone, foundation, chief support, buttress, pillar, sinews

3‘he has enough backbone to see us through this difficulty’

SYNONYMS

strength of character, strength of will, firmness of purpose, firmness, resolution, resolve, determination, fortitude, mettle, moral fibre, spine, steel, nerve, spirit, pluck, pluckiness, courage, courageousness, bravery, braveness, valour, manliness

informal guts, spunk, grit

British informal bottle

vulgar slang balls


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Quotes containing the word backbone


1. To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
- Reba McEntire

2. You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.
- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

3. Your way of life is sinful and wrong,"he said fiercely.Thus says a man who admits to worshipping a God who vilifies pleasure, relegates women to roles that are little more than servants and broodmares, though they are the backbone of your church, and seeks to control his worshippers through guilt and fear.
- P.C. Cast, Betrayed

2. backbone

noun. ['ˈbækˌboʊn'] fortitude and determination.

  • sand
  • guts
  • moxie
  • fortitude
  • grit
  • unrelatedness
  • irrelevance
  • unconnectedness
  • unconnected

3. backbone

noun. ['ˈbækˌboʊn'] the part of a network that connects other networks together.

  • network
  • net
  • meshwork
  • mesh
  • connexion
  • meshing
  • connecter
  • connective
  • connector
  • front
  • fore
  • anterior
  • negate

4. backbone

noun. ['ˈbækˌboʊn'] 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.

  • forward
  • veer
  • ahead
  • current

5. backbone

noun. ['ˈbækˌboʊn'] the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord.

  • axial skeleton
  • rachis
  • intervertebral disk
  • vertebral canal
  • spinal canal
  • chine
  • notochord
  • canalis vertebralis
  • intervertebral disc
  • vertebra
  • spinal column
  • skeletal structure
  • coccyx
  • tail bone
  • vertebral column
  • back
  • separation
  • incoherence
  • disconnectedness
  • stranger
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