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backbone

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From back + bone.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

backbone (plural backbones)

  1. 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.
  2. any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure
    Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.
  3. courage, fortitude, or strength
    He would make a good manager, if he had a little more backbone.

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