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English noun: spine

1. spine (body) the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord


SamplesThe fall broke his back.


Synonymsback, backbone, rachis, spinal column, vertebral column


Broader (hypernym)skeletal structure


Narrower (hyponym)chine, notochord


Part holonymcanalis vertebralis, coccyx, intervertebral disc, intervertebral disk, spinal canal, tail bone, vertebra, vertebral canal


Part meronymaxial skeleton

2. spine (shape) any sharply pointed projection


Synonymsacantha, spur


Broader (hypernym)projection

3. spine (plant) a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf


Synonymspricker, prickle, spikelet, sticker, thorn


Broader (hypernym)aculeus


Narrower (hyponym)glochid, glochidium

4. spine (artifact) 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


SamplesThe title and author were printed on the spine of the book.


Synonymsbackbone


Broader (hypernym)part, portion


Part meronymbook, volume

5. spine (animal) a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin


Broader (hypernym)appendage, outgrowth, process


Narrower (hyponym)quill, ray









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