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English noun: backbone

1. backbone (cognition) a central cohesive source of support and stability


SamplesFaith is his anchor.
The keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money.
He is the linchpin of this firm.


Synonymsanchor, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay


Broader (hypernym)support

2. backbone (attribute) fortitude and determination


SamplesHe didn't have the guts to try it.


Synonymsgrit, gumption, guts, moxie, sand


Broader (hypernym)fortitude


Domain usagecolloquialism

3. backbone (body) the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord


SamplesThe fall broke his back.


Synonymsback, rachis, spinal column, spine, 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

4. backbone (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.


Synonymsspine


Broader (hypernym)part, portion


Part meronymbook, volume

5. backbone (artifact) the part of a network that connects other networks together


SamplesThe backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic.


Broader (hypernym)connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion


Part meronymmesh, meshing, meshwork, net, network









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