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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.


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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