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Definition 1: a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin - [noun denoting animal]

(spine is a kind of ...) a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant

"a bony process"

(... is a kind of spine ) any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish

(... is a kind of spine ) a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog

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 spine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for spine in the sense of this definition

(spine 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 spine) physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

"he used a large book as a doorstop"

Definition 3: the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord - [noun denoting body]

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

  • the fall broke his back

Synonyms for spine in the sense of this definition

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

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

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

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

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

(spine 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 spine) the part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribs

Definition 4: a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf - [noun denoting plant]

Synonyms for spine in the sense of this definition

(spine is a kind of ...) a stiff sharp-pointed plant process

(... is a kind of spine ) a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)

Definition 5: any sharply pointed projection - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for spine in the sense of this definition

(spine is a kind of ...) any solid convex shape that juts out from something

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