from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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. 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.
from The 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.
- n. The backbone; the rachis, spina, or spinal column of a vertebrate.
- n. A name of some part in various animals.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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.