Spine - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spaɪn|  American pronunciation of the word spine
Brit.  |spʌɪn|  British pronunciation of the word spine


- the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord (syn: back, backbone, rachis)
- any sharply pointed projection (syn: acantha, spur)
- a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf (syn: pricker, prickle, spikelet, sticker, thorn)
- 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: backbone)

the title and author were printed on the spine of the book

- a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin


This X-ray shows her spine.

Hedgehogs are covered with spines.

They lack the spine to do what needs to be done.

the title and author were printed on the spine of the book

Her words sent chills down my spine.

a disease that can cause curvature of the spine

a disease causing deformity of the spine

The condition is marked by malformation of the spine.

A shiver went up and down my spine.

There was something in his tone that sent a chill down Melissa's spine (=made her very frightened).

He suffered from curvature of the spine.

The drug is injected directly into the base of the spine.

The bullet was lodged in his spine.

The eerie howl of the siren sent chills up her spine.

During sleep, our spine no longer needs to support the weight of our body.

Word forms

singular: spine
plural: spines
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