Spine Spine, n. [L. spina thorn, the spine; akin to spica a point: cf. OF. espine, F. ['e]pine. Cf. {Spike}, {Spinet} a musical instrument, {Spinny}.] 1. (Bot.) A sharp appendage to any of a plant; a thorn. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A rigid and sharp projection upon any part of an animal. (b) One of the rigid and undivided fin rays of a fish. [1913 Webster]

3. (Anat.) The backbone, or spinal column, of an animal; -- so called from the projecting processes upon the vertebr[ae]. [1913 Webster]

4. Anything resembling the spine or backbone; a ridge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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