spine Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “spine” in the English Dictionary

"spine" in British English

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spinenoun [C]

uk   us   /spaɪn/

spine noun [C] (BONE)

C1 the ​line of ​bones down the ​centre of the back that ​providessupport for the ​body and ​protects the spinal cord : She ​injured her spine in a ​ridingaccident.figurative The Apennine ​mountainsform the spine (= ​centralrow of ​mountains) of Italy.
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spine noun [C] (POINT)

a ​long, ​sharppoint like a ​needlegrowing out of an ​animal such as a hedgehog or a ​plant such as a cactus

spine noun [C] (BOOK PART)

the ​narrowstrip where the ​cover of a ​book is ​joined to the ​pages, usually with the ​title and writer's ​nameprinted on it
(Definition of spine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spine" in American English

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spinenoun [C]

 us   /spɑɪn/

spine noun [C] (BONE)

(also backbone, spinal column) the ​line of ​bones down the ​center of the back that ​providessupport for the ​body

spine noun [C] (POINT)

one of the ​thin, ​pointedobjects that are ​part of the ​outersurface of some ​animals and ​plants: Be ​careful of the ​cactus spines.

spine noun [C] (BOOK PART)

the end of a ​book where the ​pages are ​attached and which usually ​shows the writer’s ​name and ​title on ​itsouterpart
(Definition of spine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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