Backbone
Backbone Back"bone" (b[a^]k"b[=o]n`), n. [2d back, n. + bone.] [1913 Webster] 1. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything like, or serving the purpose of, a backbone. [1913 Webster]

The lofty mountains on the north side compose the granitic axis, or backbone of the country. --Darwin. [1913 Webster]

We have now come to the backbone of our subject. --Earle. [1913 Webster]

3. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness. [1913 Webster]

Shelley's thought never had any backbone. --Shairp. [1913 Webster]

{To the backbone}, through and through; thoroughly; entirely. ``Staunch to the backbone.'' --Lord Lytton. [1913 Webster]


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