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Synonyms for backboneˈbækˌboʊn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin(noun)

    a central cohesive source of support and stability

    Synonyms:
    anchorman, key, linchpin, ground tackle, lynchpin, rachis, headstone, grit, sand, anchorperson, spinal column, keystone, guts, back, backbone, pillar, spine, anchor, mainstay, moxie, gumption, vertebral column

  2. backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumption(noun)

    fortitude and determination

    Synonyms:
    mainstay, good sense, lynchpin, grit, mother wit, spine, sand, gritrock, horse sense, gritstone, spinal column, keystone, common sense, linchpin, back, backbone, gumption, anchor, rachis, moxie, guts, vertebral column, sense

  3. spinal column, vertebral column, spine, backbone, back, rachis(noun)

    the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord

    Synonyms:
    dorsum, cover, sticker, spikelet, mainstay, backrest, lynchpin, binding, grit, prickle, book binding, pricker, spine, sand, thorn, spinal column, keystone, spur, linchpin, back, backbone, rear, acantha, gumption, anchor, rachis, moxie, guts, vertebral column

  4. spine, backbone(noun)

    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

    Synonyms:
    sticker, spikelet, mainstay, lynchpin, spine, prickle, pricker, grit, sand, thorn, spinal column, keystone, spur, linchpin, back, backbone, acantha, gumption, anchor, rachis, moxie, guts, vertebral column

  5. backbone(noun)

    the part of a network that connects other networks together

    Synonyms:
    gumption, back, moxie, grit, spinal column, guts, sand, lynchpin, spine, linchpin, vertebral column, anchor, keystone, mainstay, rachis

Wiktionary

  1. backbone(noun)

    Synonyms:
    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

  2. backbone(noun)

    The series of vertebrae, separated by disks, that encloses and protects the spinal cord, and runs down the middle of the back in vertebrate animals.

    Synonyms:
    vertebral column, spinal column, spine

  3. backbone(noun)

    any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure

    Synonyms:
    spinal column, vertebral column, spine

  4. backbone(noun)

    courage, fortitude, or strength

    Synonyms:
    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. backbone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    spine, spinal column, vertebral column

  2. backbone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    firmness, nerve, resolution, courage, pluck, hardihood, manhood

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

spine, dorsal, mainstay, cornerstone, skeleton, pillar, trunk, shaft, linchpin, mainspring, basis, axis

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. backbone

    Synonyms:
    Vertebral column, columna vertebralis [NA6]


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