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
At the raw bar a tatted-up crew lops off the spines of sea urchins and shucks oysters from both coasts.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that can be caused by certain conditions, but mostly the cause is unknown.
The test sent jitters up the spines of American national security officials—for good reason.
Diagnosed with spina bifida, a birth defect in which a baby's spine doesn't develop, Patton wants to show others that her disability doesn't discredit her, or people like her, from being beautiful.
Doctors decided to insert a permanent rod alongside the backbone to correct the upper part of the spine.
The jagged spines along their sides help the crabs feel their way along the sea floor and contain nerve cells sensitive to minute changes in the water temperature and current.
A recent Seattle Times story about Swedish Health’s neuroscience institute examined internal data to show how brain and spine surgeons regularly ran parallel operating rooms for hours at a time.
The bullet hit Scott in the spine and left him paralyzed from the waist down.
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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
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