AskDefine | Define backbone

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1 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" [syn: anchor, mainstay, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin]
2 fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it" [syn: grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumption]
3 the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back" [syn: spinal column, vertebral column, spine, back, rachis]
4 the part of a network that connects other networks together; "the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈbækˌbəʊn/, /"b

Extensive Definition

Backbone may mean:
backbone in German: Backbone
backbone in Korean: 백본

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