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backbone Explained

backbone at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


backbone at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

"spine," c.1300, from back + bone. Fig. sense of "strength of character" is attested from 1843. ///

backbone at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n backbone, breastbone, collarbone, kneecap, pelvis, skull, spine, rib//
1 [C] the row of connected bones that go down the middle of your back: spine//
2 the backbone of sth: the most important part of an organization or group of people// --Farmers are the backbone of this community.//
3 [U] courage and determination: --Stuart doesn't have the backbone to be a good manager.//

Backbone at English => English (GNU/Linux) Of Explained:

A high-speed line or series of connections that forms a major pathway within a network. The term is relative as a backbone in a small network will likely be much smaller than many non-backbone lines in a large network. From Matisse

backbone at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

98 Moby Thesaurus words for "backbone":
advocate, alpenstock, arm, athletic supporter, back, backing,
bandeau, bearer, bottom, bra, brace, bracer, bracket, brassiere,
buttress, cane, carrier, cervix, chutzpah, corset, courage, crook,
crutch, determination, firmness, fortitude, foundation garment,
fulcrum, gameness, girdle, grit, guts, gutsiness, guttiness, guy,
guywire, hardihood, heart, heart of oak, intestinal fortitude,
jock, jockstrap, mainstay, maintainer, mast, mettle,
mettlesomeness, moxie, neck, nerve, pillar, pith, pluck,
pluckiness, prop, purposefulness, rachis, reinforce, reinforcement,
reinforcer, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, rest, resting place,
rigging, sand, shoulder, shroud, spinal column, spine, spirit,
sprit, spunk, spunkiness, stability, staff, stamina,
standing rigging, stave, stay, staying power, stick, stiffener,
stout heart, strength, strengthener, sturdiness, support,
supporter, sustainer, toughness, true grit, upholder, vertebrae,
vertebral column, walking stick, will

Backbone at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Backbone \Back"bone"\, n. [2d back,n.+ bone. ]
1. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives
firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal

2. Anything like, or serving the purpose of, a backbone.

The lofty mountains on the north side compose the
granitic axis, or backbone of the country. --Darwin.

We have now come to the backbone of our subject.

3. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.

Shelley's thought never had any backbone. --Shairp.

{To the backbone}, through and through; thoroughly; entirely.
``Staunch to the backbone.'' --Lord Lytton.

backbone at English => English (Computer) Of Explained:

by/follow directions
добро правило, по което да се води човек a good rule to go by
ВОДЯ се по модата follow the fashion
ВОДЯ ce по някого follow s.o.'s lead
ВОДЯ се по ума на някого follow s.o. blindl

backbone at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 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},
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"

backbone at English (WD) Of Explained:



From back + bone.


* Inter: IPA » /ˈbækˌbəʊn/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"b{k%b@Un/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-backbone.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • 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.
    1. any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure
    2. : Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.
    3. courage, fortitude, or strength
    4. : He would make a good manager, if he had a little more backbone.


      * spine

  • spinal column
  • vertebral column
  • See also Category: Wikisaurus:backbone -


    Inter: trans-top » series of vertebrae that encloses the spinal cord
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|عمود فقري|m|tr=3amuud fáqriy
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|ողնաշար|tr=oġnašar
  • Azeri: Inter: t+ » az|onurğa
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|гръбнак
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|骨幹|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|骨干|tr=gǔgàn|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|脊骨|tr=jígǔ|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|背骨|tr=bèigǔ|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|脊椎|tr=jǐzhuī|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|páteř|f
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|rygrad|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|ruggengraat|m
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|selkäranka
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|colonne vertébrale|f, Inter: t+ » fr|rachis|m, Inter: t+ » fr|épine dorsale|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Rückgrat|n, Inter: t+ » de|Wirbelsäule|f
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|gerincoszlop, Inter: t+ » hu|hátgerinc
  • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|hryggur|m
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|spina dorsale|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|背骨|tr=せぼね, sebone, Inter: t- » ja|脊椎|tr=せきつい, sekitsui, Inter: t+ » ja|脊柱|tr=せきちゅう, sekichū
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » بڕبڕه‌

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|mugurkauls|m
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|’рбет|m|tr='rbet, Inter: t- » mk|кичма|f|tr=kíčma
    • Navajo: Inter: tø » nv|íígháán
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|ryggrad|m|f
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|kręgosłup|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|coluna vertebral|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|coloană vertebrală|f, Inter: t- » ro|șira spinării|f (the backbone)
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|позвоночник|m|tr=pozvonóčnik, Inter: t+ » ru|хребет|m|tr=xrebét
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|cnàimh an droma|m
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: кичма {{f}}
    • : Roman: kičma {{f}}
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|hrbtenica|f
    • Spanish: espina dorsal {{f}}, columna vertebral {{f}}
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|ryggrad|c
    • Tatar: Inter: t+ » tt|умырткалык|tr=umırtqalıq|sc=Cyrl
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|omurga
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t » vi|xương sống
    • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|bäkabom

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|دعامة|f|tr=di3aama
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|հիմք|tr=himk’
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|основа, Inter: t+ » bg|опора
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|fundament|n, Inter: t- » da|basis|c
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|ruggengraat|m
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|selkäranka
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|épine dorsale|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Rückgrat|n
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|gerinc
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|uppistaða|f, Inter: t- » is|meginstoð|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|потпора|f|tr=pótpora
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|ryggrad|m|f
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|trzon|m
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|coloană vertebrală|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|хребет|m|tr=xrebét, Inter: t+ » ru|костяк|m|tr=kostják, Inter: t+ » ru|основа|f|tr=osnóva
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|bun-structar|m
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: кичма {{f}}
  • : Roman: kičma {{f}}
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|ryggrad|c
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|omurga

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » courage, fortitude, or strength
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|rygrad|c
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|selkäranka
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Rückgrat|n
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|gerinc
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|skapfesta|f, Inter: t- » is|bein í nefinu|n
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|mugurkauls|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|ryggrad|m|f
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|charakter, Inter: t+ » pl|kręgosłup|m
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|стержень|m|tr=stéržen’
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|cùl|m
  • Slovene: hrbtenica {{f}}
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|ryggrad|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » sh: kičma {{f}}
    • Inter: ttbc » br: livenn-gein {{f}}
    • Inter: ttbc » id: tulang belakang, tulang punggung
    • Inter: ttbc » ia: spina dorsal
    • Inter: ttbc » la: spina {{f}}
    • Inter: ttbc » non: hryggr {{m}}, hryggjarstykki {{n}}
    • Inter: ttbc » pt: espinha dorsal {{f}} Inter: qualifier » Brazil
    • Inter: ttbc » es: espina dorsal {{f}}

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:en:Skeleton -
    Translation: ar » backbone
    Translation: cs » backbone
    Translation: de » backbone
    Translation: et » backbone
    Translation: el » backbone
    Translation: es » backbone
    Translation: eo » backbone
    Translation: fa » backbone
    Translation: fr » backbone
    Translation: ko » backbone
    Translation: io » backbone
    Translation: id » backbone
    Translation: it » backbone
    Translation: kn » backbone
    Translation: kk » backbone
    Translation: ku » backbone
    Translation: li » backbone
    Translation: hu » backbone
    Translation: mg » backbone
    Translation: my » backbone
    Translation: pl » backbone
    Translation: pt » backbone
    Translation: ro » backbone
    Category: simple:backbone -
    Translation: fi » backbone
    Translation: ta » backbone
    Translation: te » backbone
    Translation: th » backbone
    Translation: vi » backbone
    Translation: zh » backbone