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Synonyms for backbone

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  1. backbonenoun

    spinal column, vertebral column, spine

  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.

    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

  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. Mitch Gelman:

    He brought high standards, manuel was the backbone through at least two or three generations of leadership that enabled CNN to become as respected for its digital journalism as it was for its television news.

  2. Francis Birungi:

    Women represent 80 percent of the agricultural labor force and are the backbone of Uganda's economy, producing up to 60 percent of cash crops and 80 percent of food crops, however even the strongest legal foundations often do little to help women if they are not communicated well or do not reach women in affordable and systematic ways.

  3. New Era.Chinese:

    Chinese youth of the new era should set the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as their mission, strengthen their ambition, backbone and confidence of being a Chinese...and not let down the expectations of the party and the people.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    This plan is not about rebuilding America’s backbone.Less than 6% of this massive proposal goes to roads and bridges, it would spend more money just on electric cars than on America’s roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways combined.

  5. Caitlin Connolly:

    It's a social justice issue. We have a workforce that is the backbone of long-term [care] services, and they themselves don't have coverage.

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