(bk"bn`), n. [2d back, n. + bone.]
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1. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column.
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2. Anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone.
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The lofty mountains on the north side compose the granitic axis, or backbone of the country.
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We have now come to the backbone of our subject.
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3. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.
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Shelley's thought never had any backbone.
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To the backbone, through and through; thoroughly; entirely. "Staunch to the backbone." Lord Lytton.
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