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
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.
Familiar operation Padres left fielder Alex Dickerson’s microdiscectomy, a procedure to remove bulging disc material in his lower back, will be performed Wednesday by team spine surgeon Dr. Todd Allen.
That’s good news for spine docs and robotics buffs alike—not only can the new adhesive help build devices like this octobot, but it can also be used to deliver drugs through soft, permeable patches that adhere to the skin.
His cool, calculating king, who reveals his true self only in the soliloquys that close many of the play’s scenes, sends chills up your spine with his coldblooded villainy.
Rex Roberts, executive director for Biking for Baseball, said Lalla suffered a minor broken back, minor fractures on his spine and a fracture on his face in the accident about 40 miles west of Tuscaloosa.
Such a reminder can only send a shiver down the New Zealanders’ spines.
His journey out of the poverty formed the spine of a great American success story.
The remains of Mystacodon, excavated from Peru’s Pisco Basin, consist of a partial skeleton that includes the skull, teeth, vertebrae from various places in the spine, partial forelimbs, and a hip bone.
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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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