American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The spinal column of a vertebrate.
- n. Zoology Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.
- n. Botany A strong, sharp-pointed, usually woody outgrowth from a stem or leaf; a thorn.
- n. Something that resembles or suggests a backbone, as:
- n. The hinged back of a book.
- n. The crest of a ridge.
- n. Strength of character; courage or willpower.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a stiff sharp-pointed process, containing more or less woody tissue, and originating in the degeneracy or modification of some organ. Usually it is a branch or the termination of a stem or branch, indurated, leafless, and attenuated to a point, as in the hawthorn, sloe, pear, and honey-locust; its nature is clearly manifest by the axillary position, and also by the fact that it sometimes produces imperfect leaves and buds. A spine may also consist of a modified leaf (all gradations being found between merely spiny-toothed leaves and leaves which are completely contracted into simple or multiple spines, as in the barberry), or of a persistent petiole, as in some Astragali and in Fouquieria, or of a modified stipule, as in the common locust. A spine is to be clearly distinguished from a prickle, which is merely a superficial outgrowth from the bark. See
- n. The backbone; the rachis, spina, or spinal column of a vertebrate. The name is due to the series of spinous processes of the several vertebræ which it presents, forming a ridge along the middle of the back. See
spinal column(under spinal), and vertebra, vertebral.
- n. A name of some part in various animals. In anatomy, a sharp process, point, or crest of bone; a spinous process, generally stouter than a styloid process: as, the spine of the ilium, of the ischium, of the scapula, of the pubis. See cuts under
- n. In much., any longitudinal ridge; a fin.
- n. In lace-making, a raised projection from the cordonnet: one of the varieties of pinwork; especially, one of many small points that project outward from the edge of the lace, forming a sort of fringe.
- n. The duramen or heartwood of trees: a ship-builders' term. See duramen.
- n. and hemal.
- n. One of the quills of a harpsichord or spinet.
- n. Specifically, a sharp, columnar mass of solidified lava which was forced upward to a height of over 1,000 feet above the summit of Mount Pelée, Martinique, in 1903. See volcano, 1. It constituted a new phenomenon in vulcanology. See cut under cumulo-volcano.
- n. A person or thing's backbone; the series of bones collectively from one's (literal or figurative) head to tail or pelvis.
- n. A rigid, pointed surface protuberance or needle-like structure on an animal, shell, or plant.
- n. Courage or assertiveness.
- n. The narrow, bound edge of a book.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A sharp appendage to any of a plant; a thorn.
- n. A rigid and sharp projection upon any part of an animal.
- n. One of the rigid and undivided fin rays of a fish.
- n. (Anat.) The backbone, or spinal column, of an animal; -- so called from the projecting processes upon the vertebræ.
- n. Anything resembling the spine or backbone; a ridge.
- n. a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin
- n. a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
- n. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
- n. 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
- n. any sharply pointed projection
- From Old French espine (modern French épine) or its source, Latin spīna. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French espine, from Latin spīna. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For Tanzanian guide George Mavroudis, the animal most likely to send shivers up his spine is the African lion.”
“The last figure may not be surprising as I suspect there may be roughly that number of Christians who hold the same view, but the figure which should send a chill down our spine is the first one.”
“I thought about carrying this symbol out by having it done approximately in the area of my uterus, but then I figured the base of my spine is a more appropriate locale.”
“So, when Theodore introduced his wife to me, he said, "You see I have followed your advice; her spine is as straight as it should be, and every tooth in her head as sound as ivory.”
“Though he writes in stream of consciousness, it helps reveal to him what the piece is about, what he calls the spine of the work.”
“The bad news was that one of the discs in my lower back - which he described as the spine's shock absorbers - had swollen out of shape and prolapsed.”
“Osteoporosis causes fractures in bone that project "inward from what we call our spine," she explains.”
“His spine is not the only part of this body stenosed.”
“To me, when the spine is broken, it makes me think that the book has been mistreated.”
“* SHUDDER* Breaking the spine is oh so very wrong.”
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Words that apply to the description and condition of books
Objects like needles and spines whose tips are drawn to a fine point.
i suppose, all of the words & phrases yoni wolf uses in alopecia, that i love.
Words used in the rare book trade (of which I was once a part). For more about how such books are put together, see hernesheir's excellent The Bindery.
Terms relating to the human body, primarily in osteology.
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