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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun spine:

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Definition of the noun spine

What does spine mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: spines

  1. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
  2. any sharply pointed projection
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of spine: acantha / spur
    • more generic word: projection = any solid convex shape that juts out from something
  3. a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
  4. the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved
    • example: the title and author were printed on the spine of the book
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of spine: backbone
    • more generic words: part / portion = something less than the whole of a human artifact
    • part of: book / volume = physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
  5. a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic words: appendage / outgrowth / process = a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
    • more specific words:
      • ray = any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish
      • quill = a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog

Alternative definition of the noun spine


  1. A person or thing's backbone; the series of bones collectively from one's (literal or figurative) head to tail or pelvis.
  2. A rigid, pointed surface protuberance or needle-like structure on an animal, shell, or plant.
  3. Courage or assertiveness.
  4. The narrow, bound edge of a book.

Specialised definition of the noun spine

Glossary of sports / archery

a measurement of bow stiffness


  1. "Spine" is a 1986 horror film written and directed by John Howard and Justin Simmonds.
  2. "Spine" is a 2012 short drama/thriller film, written and directed by Sophie Miller.


  1. Spine is a fictional character from the 2011 film Smuggler.
  2. Spine is a fictional character from the 2001 film Workers, Peasants.


  1. "Spine" is a composition.
  2. "Spine" is a composition.
  3. "Spine" is a musical EP of The Rattlesnakes.
    • released on
  4. "Spine" is a musical album of Veda Hille.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  5. "Spine" is a musical album of Pelding & Joy Morgan.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  6. "Spine" is a musical single of Boom Boom Satellites.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  7. "Spine" is a musical album of Transition.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  8. "Spine" is a musical album of Cordelia's Dad.


  1. Spine is a musical group.
    • albums: "Non-Violent Offender", "The Dirty Sanchez"
    • official website:
  2. Spine is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like At the Spine, Spine Grinder, Left Spine Down and Caroline's Spine.


  1. Spine is a biweekly peer-reviewed medical journal covering research in the field of orthopaedics, especially concerning the spine. It was established in 1976 and is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. The current editor-in-chief is James N. Weinstein. Spine is considered the leading orthopaedic journal covering cutting-edge spine research. Spine is available in print, online, and on the iPad; there is an accompanying Spine blog. Spine is considered the most cited journal in orthopaedics today]].
  2. SPINE is a free, open source content management system for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets. The system includes features like easy Web-based administration, full template support to separate style from content, common components like navigation bars, macros, message boards, and page statistics, and the ability to mix static and dynamic content transparently. SPINE is licensed under the GPL, and is written in the Perl programming language and can use the MySQL or PostgreSQL database.
  3. SPINE stands for Strep-protein interaction experiment. SPINE is a powerful tool to detect protein-protein interactions in vivo. The bait protein has to be expressed with a Strep-tag under the conditions when the potential interaction partners are presumably present in the cells. The addition of formaldehyde links the bait protein to its potential interaction partners. The bait protein together with its potential interaction partners can then be isolated using a Streptactin sepharose column. The cross-links between the bait protein and the potential interaction partner can be cleaved by heating the samples in Laemmli buffer. Finally, the co-purified interaction partner can be separated by SDS PAGE and identified by mass spectrometry.

Phrases with Spine

Phrases starting with the word Spine:

  1. Spine Board
  2. Spine Loach
  3. spine-tipped
  4. Spine-Chiller
  5. Spine Acanthus
  6. Spine-Chilling
  7. Spine-Tingling
  8. Spine Tree Cactus
  9. Spine-Tipped Dancer

Phrase ending with the word Spine:

  1. C-Spine

Other phrases containing the word Spine:

  1. Lined Spine-Cheek
  2. Long-Spine Acacia
  3. Pearly Spine Cheek
  4. Two-Spine Pteropod
  5. Bridled Spine-Cheek
  6. Pencil-Spine Eulima
  7. White-Spine Thistle
  8. White-Spine Trophon
  9. Flat-Spine Sheepburr
  10. Small-Spine Sea Star

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Spine

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Google previewHuman Osteology (2011)

by Tim D. White, Michael T. Black, Pieter A. Folkens

anterior inferior iliac spine is a blunt projection on the anterior border of the os coxae, just superior to the acetabulum. It is the origin of the...

posterior superior iliac spine is the posterior terminus of the iliac crest. It is an attachment ...

Google previewManagement of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders (2006)

Physical Therapy Principles and Methods by Darlene Hertling, Randolph M. Kessler

The cervical spine is a highly mobile structure that functions principally to position the head in space, permitting effective...

Google previewComprehensive Anatomy of Motor Functions (2014)

by Pierre Rabischong

Abstract The spine is a complex biomechanical structure made by articulated vertebras in fixed position (postures) and moved in different directions by muscles. The spinal stabilisation is automatically regulated by a spinal servomechanism ...

Google previewHandbook on Life Cycle Assessment (2006)

Operational Guide to the ISO Standards by Jeroen Guinée

SPINE is a relational database designed to permit communication between different software tools.

Google previewImaging of the Postoperative Spine, An Issue of Neuroimaging Clinics, (2014)

by Orlando Ortiz

The spine is the third most common site for metastatic disease and is the most common site for osseous metastases.

Most extradural tumors are metastatic, and the thoracic spine is the most commonly affected site.

Google previewEngineering Design Synthesis (2002)

Understanding, Approaches and Tools by Amaresh Chakrabarti

The most important property of the candidate descriptions generated by constructing the power spine is that they are in a certain sense minimal. Minimality in this context means that any schematic containing fewer than three inter-medium ...

Google previewSkeletal Imaging (2009)

by John A. M. Taylor, Tudor H. Hughes, Donald L. Resnick

ARTICULAR DISORDERS The cervical spine is a frequent and characteristic site of involvement for many forms of spondyloarthropathy. Tables 2-15 and 2-16 discuss degenerative, inflammatory, crystal-induced, infectious, and other articular ...

Google previewInstant Access to Orthopedic Physical Assessment (2009)

by Ronald C. Evans

The cervical spine is the origin of a large proportion of shoulder, elbow, hand, and wrist disorders. Most people who develop pain in the neck do not seek medical attention because they regard such pain as a part of life, and they simply wait for ...

Google previewThe Riding Doctor (2015)

A Prescription for Healthy, Balanced, and Beautiful Riding, Now and for Years to Come by Beth Glosten

The spine is a series of stacked bones, known as vertebrae. It extends from the base of the skull to the sacrum, and...

Google previewMastering Orthopedic Techniques Spine Surgery (2013)

by Garg Bhavuk, Malhotra Rajesh

1-3 The spine is the most common site of skeletal metastasis.1-3 ...

Google previewYour Health Is Your Wealth (2010)

A Complete Guide to Wellness and Fitness by Samson M. Mutua

The spine is the structure, and the nervous system is the function. Chiropractic believes these two systems work in unison to keep and then restore your body's health. The word “chiropractic” is taken from Greek, and means “done by hand”.

Google previewAn Atlas on Cephalometric Landmarks (2013)

by Basavaraj Phulari

Type Posterior nasal spine is a unilateral, hard tissue cephalometric landmark. Origin Posterior nasal spine is an anatomic ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

Anterior nasal spine (ANS) The tip of the anterior process of the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Scientific Terms (1920)

Pronunciation, Derivation, and Definition of Terms in Biology, Botany, Zoology, Anatomy, Cytology, Embryology, Physiology by Isabella Ferguson Henderson, William Dawson Henderson

spina, the spine.] Pert. the backbone or vertebral column ; appl. foramen, ganglion, nerves (anat.). spinal canal, — the canal containing the spinal cord, formed by the neural arches (anat.). spinal cord, — the nervous tissue contained in the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

Following learning, new dendritic spines appear, multiple-synapse boutons are formed, and the area of the PSD (depicted as the darker area in the dendritic spine) is increased. Synaptic Mechanisms for Encoding Memory G Lynch, C S ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

of foot in ballet: pirouette spinach, cooked with: Florentine spinal column: axis, backbone, chine, rachis, spine, vertebrae spinal column curvature: kyphosis, lordosis, saddleback, scoliosis, swayback spinal column manipulation: chiropractic, ...

Google previewThe American Illustrated Medical Dictionary (1916)

bāxts spine + anesthesia]. Spinal anesthesia; anesthesia produced by the injection of the anesthetic into the spinal canal. rachicentesis (ra"kis-en-te'sis) (Gr. 5áxis spine + révrmous ...

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Quotes about Spine

What scares me? Nothing scares me, because I used to think I was indestructible. Now I know I'm indestructible, not to mention my spine is indestructible. It's all titanium. (Jason Priestley)
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Scrabble value of S1P3I1N1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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