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  • set of bones which connected make up the spine and spinal column and run down the middle of the back in vertebrate animals.
  • any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure
         Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.
  • courage, fortitude, or strength
         He would make a good manager, if he had a little more backbone.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Back"bone" (-bōn`), n. [2d back, n. + bone.]

1. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column.

2. Anything like, or serving the purpose of, a backbone.

The lofty mountains on the north side compose the granitic axis, or backbone of the country.
Darwin.

We have now come to the backbone of our subject.
Earle.

3. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.

Shelley's thought never had any backbone.
Shairp.

To the backbone, through and through; thoroughly; entirely. "Staunch to the backbone." Lord Lytton.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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