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Definition of "spine" []

  • The spinal column of a vertebrate. (noun)
  • Zoology Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals. (noun)
  • Botany A strong, sharp-pointed, usually woody outgrowth from a stem or leaf; a thorn. (noun)
  • Something that resembles or suggests a backbone, as: (noun)
  • The hinged back of a book. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spine" in a sentence
  • "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."