Backbone

Definition of Backbone

Back´bone´   Pronunciation: băk´bōn`
n.1.
1.The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column.
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.
- Earle.
3.Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.
Shelley's thought never had any backbone.
- Shairp.
To the backbone
through and through; thoroughly; entirely.
- Lord Lytton.

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