spine

noun
\ ˈspīn \

Definition of spine

b : something resembling a spinal column or constituting a central axis or chief support
c : the part of a book to which the pages are attached and on the cover of which usually appear the title and author's and publisher's names
2 : a stiff pointed plant process especially : one that is a modified leaf or leaf part — compare prickle sense 1, thorn sense 1a
3 : a sharp rigid process on an animal: such as
a : spicule
b : a stiff unsegmented fin ray of a fish
c : a pointed prominence on a bone

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Other Words from spine

spined \ ˈspīnd \ adjective
spinelike \ ˈspīn-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of spine in a Sentence

This X-ray shows her spine. Hedgehogs are covered with spines. They lack the spine to do what needs to be done.
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As treatment continued, the radiation began to affect her spine and lungs. Serena Solomon, Woman's Day, "Breast Cancer Changed Ronda Carter's Life; Now, She's Doing the Same for Others," 24 Sep. 2018 The two houses are lined with shelves holding more than 18,000 rare volumes, their spines a lustrous study in earth tones. Andy Newman, BostonGlobe.com, "William Reese, leading seller of rare books, dies at 62," 22 June 2018 The man leaked a pure, cold draft of privilege that sent a chill right down my spine. Devin Friedman, GQ, "The Hippies Were Right After All," 14 June 2018 Scott Olson/Getty Megan Halicek went to Dr. Larry Nassar as a 15-year-old gymnast suffering from a fractured spine. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The sex abuse scandal surrounding USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, explained," 21 Apr. 2018 Dezra Wheeler — who suffers from a bent spine, a disease called lupus in which the body attacks its own tissues and a blood clotting disorder — knew nothing of the suit and heard about the order only six weeks before the deadline. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Grandma overwhelmed by $41K in donations from readers touched by family in crisis after murder," 9 Mar. 2018 Lay your back on the roller so that your entire spine is supported from your tailbone to your head. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 For the past hour, Dewa has been pinching me (hard!) between my toes, a reflexology thing, and kneading my flesh to coax the Kundalini energy up from the base of my spine through my chakras. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Blake was born with Spina Bifida and had surgery the day after he was born to close the defect on his back, after his spine did not form properly in the womb. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Best Grandpa Ever Makes the Cutest Halloween Costume for His Grandson With Spina Bifida," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of spine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spine

Middle English, thorn, spinal column, from Latin spina; perhaps akin to Latin spica ear of grain

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The first known use of spine was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for spine

spine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spine

: the row of connected bones down the middle of the back
: a sharp, pointed part on an animal or plant
informal : courage or strength of character

spine

noun
\ ˈspīn \

Kids Definition of spine

2 : a stiff pointed part growing from the surface of a plant or animal

spine

noun
\ ˈspīn \

Medical Definition of spine

2 : a pointed prominence or process (as on a bone)

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