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noun (n)

  • a central cohesive source of support and stability (noun.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • fortitude and determination (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: grit, gumption, guts, moxie, sand
    source: wordnet30
  • the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord (noun.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: spine
    source: wordnet30
  • the part of a network that connects other networks together (noun.artifact)
    The backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic.
    source: wordnet30
  • The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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