spine

noun
\ ˈspīn How to pronounce spine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce spined (audio) \ adjective
spinelike \ ˈspīn-​ˌlīk How to pronounce spinelike (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Marrero explains it this way: Many people tend to do sit-ups incorrectly by leading the motion with their head first (versus their core) and over-rotating their upper back, which can cause the upper portion of the spine to curve. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why You Should Try Sit-ups With a Mini Resistance Band Around Your Wrists," 18 Apr. 2019 The architect, who built the house for himself, had a huge collection of books, and a bookcase forms a kind of spine at the center of the home. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "The Designs That Make Selling a Home Much, Much Harder," 20 Dec. 2018 In 2002, Eugenie was told she had curvature of the spine and would need corrective surgery. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Royal Fans Love How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Shows Off Her Scoliosis Scar," 12 Oct. 2018 The drug also cut in half the risk of a vertebral fracture, when bone compression causes part of the spine to collapse. Marilynn Marchione, The Seattle Times, "Study suggests more older women may benefit from bone drugs," 1 Oct. 2018 No treatment is required if your child has finished growing and there is minimal curvature of the spine. Dr. Carolyn Kienstra And Dr. Alicia Morrisson, miamiherald, "Scoliosis a common condition that could require medical care," 12 June 2018 The most common is headache, usually located at the back of the head and down the neck, but a wide variety of other symptoms can occur, ranging from weakness, fainting and difficulty swallowing to hearing loss, curvature of the spine and insomnia. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Was Her Vision Jerky and Blurry if There Was Nothing Wrong With Her Eyes?," 1 May 2018 The restaurant is located on Third Street , on the same block as Goldie's, in a former spine surgeon's office (seriously). Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Soccer star Alessandro Del Piero just opened an Italian restaurant in Beverly Grove," 27 Mar. 2018 The industrial spine of the company gave GE a AAA credit rating that allowed it to borrow money inexpensively, giving it an advantage over banks, which relied on deposits. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 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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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 How to pronounce spine (audio) \

Kids Definition of spine

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

spine

noun
\ ˈspīn How to pronounce spine (audio) \

Medical Definition of spine

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

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