Related formsback·boned, adjectiveback·bone·less, adjective
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She had been, he says, the backbone of their family and losing her shifted their entire emotional landscape.
With a backbone of steel, she matched her husband in intelligence, perseverance, and strength of spirit.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas|Nick Kotz|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That timeline can serve as the backbone for the story our data tells.The Best Quantified Self Site You Haven’t Heard Of|Jamie Todd Rubin|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Freedom will seep into the bedrock as we rediscover our backbone.
“The INF Treaty is the backbone of protecting Europe from nuclear threats,” said a senior GOP Senate aide.U.S. Knew Russia Violated Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty|Josh Rogin|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A tail, however, may be found by carefully passing the finger over the flat slope in a line with the backbone.
The granite, the unstratified rocks, form the backbone of the continent; they are the underlying rocks.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, January 1883|The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
The Kid announced that he could feel his backbone sawing at the front of his shirt.The River and I|John G. Neihardt
At the end of a week Breed's old home was more than a hundred miles behind and146 he was well up in the backbone of the hills.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
His head began to spin and strange lights flashed before his eyes, while chills crept up and down his backbone.Fighting in Cuban Waters|Edward Stratemeyer
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The primary line(s) that connects the slower, shorter cable portions of a communications network together. (See last mile.) In larger networks, such as the Internet, a backbone consists of high-capacity, high-speed lines that can extend over great distances.