Noun Backbone Definition and Examples







The series of vertebrae extending from the skull to the pelvis; the spine.
  1. figurative 'the great Pennine range is the backbone of England'
  2. 'Xu notes that, except for exhibitions or scientific exchanges, it is against the law to export vertebrate fossils - fossils of animals with backbones - from China.'
  3. 'The function of the vertebrate backbone relies on an array of tissues, with variable composition and structure integrated into a multitude of configurations.'
  4. 'The researchers found horse skulls and backbones in the villages, indicating that horses were butchered on site.'
  5. 'The findings will set them on a collision course with geneticists who argue that the evolution of humans and other vertebrates - animals with backbones - was driven by sudden changes in their genes.'
  6. 'The change was a huge evolutionary step that opened the way for vertebrates - animals with backbones - to emerge from the water.'
  7. 'Pterosaurs were the first vertebrates, or animals with backbones, to flap their wings and fly.'
  8. 'Spina bifida, often called open spine, affects the backbone and, sometimes, the spinal cord.'
  9. 'Finally, ancestral archosaurs had a double row of bony plates (called scutes, or osteoderms) running along the backbone.'
  10. 'To fillet a cooked trout, remove the head then use a spoon and run it along the backbone of the flesh of the fish - this should loosen the fillets.'
  11. 'Both chickens and humans are vertebrates, a group of animals that have skulls and backbones.'
  12. 'The protective mucus in the gastrointestinal tract consists of glycoproteins - a protein backbone with carbohydrate side chains.'
  13. 'Although the discussion above has been limited to the side chains, the peptide backbone also forms hydrogen bonds with the DPPC acceptor headgroups.'
The chief support of a system or organization.
  1. 'Health insurers are the backbone of the system, since they pay the bills.'
  2. 'He is really the backbone of the band, with his superlative drumming.'
  3. 'Their relationship is the backbone of the series, and both actors are very strong in their roles.'
  4. 'Therefore, the backbone of the squad remains the same, which will probably not be enough to improve on last season's third place.'
  5. 'I shall just point out very briefly some of the good things we have done in rural health, which supports the backbone of this country.'
  6. 'Can't sophisticated people attack the computer systems that are the backbone of these big financial institutions?'
  7. 'Traditionally, skills of a given trade were transmitted from father to son thereby forming the backbone of the apprenticeship system.'
  8. 'He cites his mother as his inspiration, support and the backbone of his success.'
  9. 'You must do it right because your staff are the backbone of your business.'
  10. 'And the system, with few exceptions, still provides the backbone of professional education and development within the Army.'
  11. 'he has enough backbone to see us through this difficulty'
  12. 'I'll tell myself I just don't want to get into it, when the truth is, I have no backbone whatsoever.'
  13. 'And they have to see that I have the strength, the backbone and the character to be president.'
  14. 'Tackling bigotry is not hard, but it does need some courage and backbone.'
  15. 'He gave backbone to the other Democrats in the race.'
  16. 'You can really see a sense of proud independence with backbone, with artists who don't want to measure themselves by someone else's standards somewhere else.'
  17. 'The administration has two great strengths in its foreign policy: backbone, and clarity of vision.'
  18. 'If anything, the premier deserves a pat on the back for finally having enough backbone to speak the truth.'
  19. 'But I want a strong man, backbone included, and there's this little part of me that thinks that if a guy can't pluck up the courage to make the first move, then what does that say about him?'
  20. 'But what our party really has to have is some backbone.'
  21. 'What the football team needs now is a head coach with backbone and character.'
A high-speed, high-capacity digital connection which forms the axis of a local or wide area network.
  1. 'When you hear about the third-generation wireless networks, those backbones are going to be packet-based.'
  2. 'Just as in rural areas of the United States, there is little commercial interest in extending the Internet backbone to rural areas in less developed countries.'
  3. 'High-speed fiber-optic communication lines make up the Internet backbone, and this network could be extended to consumers.'
  4. 'The most intelligent storage network backbones are now being built with the connection-level intelligence necessary to present traffic patterns in a granular way.'
  5. 'A good host company should offer its customers multiple connections to the Internet from its servers (also known as a backbone connection).'
  6. 'It is possible today to come up with small access systems, which could be connected to a backbone telecom network.'
  7. 'The storage network backbone provides connectivity for hundreds of storage and application resources without wasting costly ports to connect other switches.'
  8. 'Storing video on the edge of the network, instead of transmitting it along the backbone, can markedly reduce costs.'
  9. 'Smaller players can connect to their backbones via high-speed access lines, paying for a transit link to make the connection.'
  10. 'Messaging backbones, data and application integration, storage, network communications, and so on all provide the essential physical infrastructures for the everyday functioning of businesses.'
((n.) The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column.|--|(n.) Anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone.|--|(n.) Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.|--|)


1. Anatomy. the spinal column; spine.

2. strength of character; resolution.

3. something resembling a backbone in appearance, position, or function.

4. Bookbinding. a back or bound edge of a book; spine.

5. Nautical. a rope running along the middle of an awning, as a reinforcement and as an object to which a supporting bridle or crowfoot may be attached.

6. Naval Architecture. the central fore-and-aft assembly of the keel and keelson, giving longitudinal strength to the bottom of a vessel.


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"There can be backbone segments."
"There can be backbone portions."
"There can be backbone nets."
"There can be backbone frameworks."
"There can be backbone connections."
"There can be backbone conformations."
"There can be backbone cars."
"There can be backbone transitions."
"There can be backbone scrapings."
"There can be backbone resonances."
"There can be backbone positions."
"There can be backbone oligonucleotideses."
"There can be backbone lines."
"There can be backbone infrastructures."
"There can be backbone industries."
"There can be backbone grapes."
"There can be backbone geometries."
"There can be backbone fevers."
"There can be backbone essentials."

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