Definition of spine
1a : spinal columnb : something resembling a spinal column or constituting a central axis or chief supportc : 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
3 : a sharp rigid process on an animal: such asa : spiculeb : a stiff unsegmented fin ray of a fishc : a pointed prominence on a bone
spinedplay \ˈspīnd\ adjective
spinelikeplay \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.
Recent Examples of spine from the Web
After two weeks at Loyola, a blood transfusion and an operation to reroute her nerves and put pins in to support her spine, Chelsea was put on a ventilator and tube feed.
Weiss, an oil industry consultant, said those x-rays showed that the air rifle pellet missed his vital organs but nearly hit his spine, causing nerve damage.
Joel’s spine was severed, paralyzing the 6-foot-1 athlete’s legs and body below his waist.
If your spine's not flexible, don't even talk to me about your hips and your shoulders.
Memorial Day always brings shiver to Highland Councilman Konnie Kuiper's spine.
Critics have knocked Choosing Wisely for playing it too safe and not going after some of the more lucrative procedures, such as certain spine operations and arthroscopic knee surgeries.
Imagine the energy that’s in your genitals moving up your spine into the rest of your body, over the top of your head, and onto your partner’s body.
Wallace, who also suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the spine while campaigning for president in 1972.
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Origin and Etymology of spine
Middle English, thorn, spinal column, from Latin spina; perhaps akin to Latin spica ear of grain
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SPINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spine for English Language Learners
: the row of connected bones down the middle of the back
: a sharp, pointed part on an animal or plant
: courage or strength of character
SPINE Defined for Kids
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