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Meaning & Definition of Spine in English

English

Spine

/spaɪn/

noun

1. The series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord

  • "The fall broke his back"
    synonym:
  • spinal column
  • ,
  • vertebral column
  • ,
  • spine
  • ,
  • backbone
  • ,
  • back
  • ,
  • rachis

2. Any sharply pointed projection

    synonym:
  • spur
  • ,
  • spine
  • ,
  • acantha

3. A small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf

    synonym:
  • spine
  • ,
  • thorn
  • ,
  • prickle
  • ,
  • pricker
  • ,
  • sticker
  • ,
  • spikelet

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • spine
  • ,
  • backbone

5. A sharp rigid animal process or appendage

  • As a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin
    synonym:
  • spine

Examples of using

One of the bullets damaged his spine.
A shiver ran down my spine.
The sight sent chills of delight up my spine.