Backbone - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbækboʊn|  American pronunciation of the word backbone
Brit.  |ˈbakbəʊn|  British pronunciation of the word backbone

noun

- a central cohesive source of support and stability (syn: anchor, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay)
- fortitude and determination (syn: grit, gumption, guts, moxie, sand)
- the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord (syn: back, rachis, spine)
- 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 (syn: spine)
- the part of a network that connects other networks together

the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic

Examples

She is the backbone of the family.

He showed some backbone by refusing to compromise his values.

The Cordilleras are the backbone of America.

We are now coming to the backbone of our subject.

Stuart doesn't have the backbone to be a good manager.

Will he have the backbone to tell the truth?

the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic

The irregularity in my backbone is probably congenital.

Farmers are the backbone of this community.

incorruptible judges are the backbone of the society

Word forms

noun
singular: backbone
plural: backbones
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