Meaning of “spine” in the English Dictionary

"spine" in British English

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spinenoun [ C ]

uk /spaɪn/ us /spaɪn/

spine noun [ C ] (BONE)

C1 the line of bones down the centre of the back that provides support for the body and protects the spinal cord:

She injured her spine in a riding accident.
figurative The Apennine mountains form the spine (= central row of mountains) of Italy.

More examples

  • Age deforms the spine.
  • Injuries to the spine are common amongst these workers.
  • The doctor manipulated the base of my spine and the pain disappeared completely.
  • The lower part of her spine was crushed in the accident.
  • At its most terrifying, his writing sends shivers up and down my spine.

(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 provides support for the body

spine noun [ C ] (POINT)

one of the thin, pointed objects that are part of the outer surface 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 its outer part

(Definition of “spine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)