spine

[spahyn]

noun


Nearby words

  1. spindlelegs,
  2. spindleshanks,
  3. spindling,
  4. spindly,
  5. spindrift,
  6. spine of scapula,
  7. spine-bashing,
  8. spine-chiller,
  9. spine-chilling,
  10. spine-tingling

Origin of spine

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin spīna thorn, backbone

Related formsspined, adjectivespine·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spine

spine

noun

the spinal column
the sharply pointed tip or outgrowth of a leaf, stem, etc
zoology a hard pointed process or structure, such as the ray of a fin, the quill of a porcupine, or the ridge on a bone
the back of a book, record sleeve, etc
a ridge, esp of a hill
strength of endurance, will, etc
anything resembling the spinal column in function or importance; main support or feature
Derived Formsspined, adjective

Word Origin for spine

C14: from Old French espine spine, from Latin spīna thorn, backbone

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Word Origin and History for spine

spine

n.

c.1400, "backbone," later "thornlike part" (early 15c.), from Old French espine (French épine), from Latin spina "backbone," originally "thorn, prickle," from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (cf. Latin spica "ear of corn," Old Norse spikr "nail;" see spike (n.1)). Meaning "the back of a book" is first attested 1922.

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Medicine definitions for spine

spine

[spīn]

n.

spinal column
Any of various short pointed projections, processes, or appendages of bone.

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Science definitions for spine

spine

[spīn]

See vertebral column.
Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.
A sharp-pointed projection on a plant, especially a hard, narrow modified leaf, as on a cactus, that is adapted to reduce water loss. Compare thorn. See more at leaf.
Related formsspinal adjective

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