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Synonyms for backbone

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  1. backbonenoun

    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

  2. backbonenoun

    The series of vertebrae, separated by disks, that encloses and protects the spinal cord, and runs down the middle of the back in vertebrate animals.

    vertebral column, spinal column, spine

  3. backbonenoun

    any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure

    Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.

    spinal column, vertebral column, spine

  4. backbonenoun

    courage, fortitude, or strength

    He would make a good manager, if he had a little more backbone.

    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpinnoun

    a central cohesive source of support and stability

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

    anchorman, key, linchpin, ground tackle, lynchpin, rachis, headstone, grit, sand, anchorperson, spinal column, keystone, guts, back, pillar, spine, anchor, mainstay, moxie, gumption, vertebral column

  2. backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumptionnoun

    fortitude and determination

    "he didn't have the guts to try it"

    mainstay, good sense, lynchpin, grit, mother wit, spine, sand, gritrock, horse sense, gritstone, spinal column, keystone, common sense, linchpin, back, gumption, anchor, rachis, moxie, guts, vertebral column, sense

  3. spinal column, vertebral column, spine, backbone, back, rachisnoun

    the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord

    "the fall broke his back"

    dorsum, cover, sticker, spikelet, mainstay, backrest, lynchpin, binding, grit, prickle, book binding, pricker, spine, sand, thorn, spinal column, keystone, spur, linchpin, back, rear, acantha, gumption, anchor, rachis, moxie, guts, vertebral column

  4. spine, backbonenoun

    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

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

    sticker, spikelet, mainstay, lynchpin, spine, prickle, pricker, grit, sand, thorn, spinal column, keystone, spur, linchpin, back, acantha, gumption, anchor, rachis, moxie, guts, vertebral column

  5. backbonenoun

    the part of a network that connects other networks together

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

    gumption, back, moxie, grit, spinal column, guts, sand, lynchpin, spine, linchpin, vertebral column, anchor, keystone, mainstay, rachis

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. backbonenoun

    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

  2. backbonenoun

    firmness, nerve, resolution, courage, pluck, hardihood, manhood

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. backbonenoun

    spine, spinal column, rachis, chine

    Associated words:
    vertebræ, vertebrata, vertebra, vertebral spinal, spine

  2. backbonenoun

    moral principle, steadfastness, stability, firmness, stamina


  1. List of known nicknames for "Backbone":

    Jamahr Williams, Williams, Jamahr

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. backbone

    Vertebral column, columna vertebralis [NA6]

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How to use backbone in a sentence?

  1. Eliot Rabin:

    This countrys backbone [is made] ofbusinesses like mine all overour country.I dont find myself being brave, i find myself being reasonable.I find myself having commonsense.Were observing every single rule andregulation thats come down.

  2. Joe Biden:

    Barack Obama made that decision knowing if it was wrong, his career was over. I wanted the public to know this is a man with a backbone of steel, that's why I said it. And had I said, but, by the way, when I went up privately I told him to go, it would look like I was self-aggrandizing.

  3. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid:

    There is no gray area here. It is time for Sen. McConnell and Speaker Ryan to find the backbone to say: 'Enough,'.

  4. Ricki Eibs Tuttle:

    I just don't think he's got the backbone, i just don't think Cruz has got enough backbone to be forceful enough to say, 'Hey, this is the way it's going to have to be.'.

  5. Scott Walker:

    There's serious work to be done rather than pomp and circumstance. We need to see some backbone from President Obama on U.S.-China relations.

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