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Synonyms for backbone
ˈbækˌboʊn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    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, gumption(noun)

    fortitude and determination

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

    Synonyms:
    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, rachis(noun)

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

    "the fall broke his back"

    Synonyms:
    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, backbone(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    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. backbone(noun)

    the part of a network that connects other networks together

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. backbone(noun)

    Synonyms:
    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

  2. backbone(noun)

    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.

    Synonyms:
    vertebral column, spinal column, spine

  3. backbone(noun)

    any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure

    Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.

    Synonyms:
    spinal column, vertebral column, spine

  4. backbone(noun)

    courage, fortitude, or strength

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

    Synonyms:
    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. backbone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

  2. backbone(n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. backbone(n)

    Synonyms:
    spine, spinal column, rachis, chine

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

  2. backbone(n)

    Synonyms:
    moral principle, steadfastness, stability, firmness, stamina

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    spine, dorsal, mainstay, cornerstone, skeleton, pillar, trunk, shaft, linchpin, mainspring, basis, axis

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. backbone

    Synonyms:
    Vertebral column, columna vertebralis [NA6]

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How to use backbone in a sentence?

  1. Andrea Baccarelli:

    Future studies, especially in heavily polluted areas, are urgently needed to validate our findings and ultimately develop preventive interventions using B vitamins to contain the health effects of air pollution, while emission control and regulation is the backbone of prevention, high exposures are, unfortunately, the rule still in many megacities throughout the world.

  2. John Cryan:

    Our core business will be international banking, international capital markets, rooted in Germany, it feels on the inside that our absolute core business – the backbone of Deutsche Bank - is GTB, global transaction banking - this is not solely focused on Germany.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Politics is simply the interaction between two or more people. However, it's crucial for every politician to understand the interaction between people and nature. That is to say, economics is the backbone of politics.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    They want a commander-in-chief that will have a steady hand and have a backbone and will support the troops and has detailed plans on how to keep us safe as it relates to Islamic terrorism.

  5. Robert M. Hensel:

    I may have Spina bifida, but I still got a lot of backbone


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