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Definition 1: the part of a network that connects other networks together - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where backbone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(backbone is a kind of ...) an instrumentality that connects

"he soldered the connection" "he didn't have the right connector between the amplifier and the speakers"

(... is part of backbone) an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals

Definition 2: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where backbone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the title and author were printed on the spine of the book

Synonyms for backbone in the sense of this definition

(backbone is a kind of ...) something less than the whole of a human artifact

"the rear part of the house" "glue the two parts together"

(... is part of backbone) physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

"he used a large book as a doorstop"

Definition 3: fortitude and determination - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where backbone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he didn't have the guts to try it

Synonyms for backbone in the sense of this definition

(backbone is a kind of ...) strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

(backbone is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 4: the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord - [noun denoting body]

Samples where backbone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the fall broke his back

Synonyms for backbone in the sense of this definition

(backbone is a kind of ...) any structure created by the skeleton of an organism

(... is a kind of backbone ) a flexible rodlike structure that forms the supporting axis of the body in the lowest chordates and lowest vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates

(... is a kind of backbone ) backbone of an animal

(backbone is a part of ...) the canal in successive vertebrae through which the spinal cord passes

(backbone is a part of ...) the end of the vertebral column in humans and tailless apes

(backbone is a part of ...) one of the bony segments of the spinal column

(backbone is a part of ...) a fibrocartilaginous disc serving as a cushion between all of the vertebrae of the spinal column (except between the first two)

(... is part of backbone) the part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribs

Definition 5: a central cohesive source of support and stability - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where backbone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • faith is his anchor
  • the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money
  • he is the linchpin of this firm

Synonyms for backbone in the sense of this definition

(backbone is a kind of ...) something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest

"the policy found little public support" "his faith was all the support he needed" "the team enjoyed the support of their fans"

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