from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The series of articulated vertebrae, separated by intervertebral disks and held together by muscles and tendons, that extends from the cranium to the coccyx or the end of the tail, encasing the spinal cord and forming the supporting axis of the body; the spine. Also called vertebral column.

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  • n. The series of vertebrae, separated by disks, that extends from the cranium to the coccyx, which encloses and protects the spinal cord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the backbone, or connected series or vertebræ which forms the axis of the vertebrate skeleton; the spine; rachis; vertebral column.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord


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  • Their highest instinct of sportsmanship is to catch a man with his back turned and to smite him a cunning blow with a tomahawk that severs the spinal column at the base of the brain.


  • G. Fritsch made use of the length of the spinal column for the comparison of the bodily proportions (modulus).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The spinal column is made up of four-and-twenty bones, called Fikár or vertebræ; the breast, of the breastbone and the ribs, which are four-and-twenty in number, twelve on each side; and the basin of the hips, the sacrum397 and os coccygis.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The decapitations were a horror when done by one of our other warriors with a machete or Bowie knife hacking through neck and spinal column or letting arms get in the way so they had to be hacked off before the neck could be reached—nasty business that I regret ever seeing and regret even more that my son saw.

    Our American King

  • "Not in the least, " he replied, loosening, like an iguana butcher, the spinal column of one of his beloved zippers.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth


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