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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)







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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.

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  • spine noun [C] (BOOK PART)

the narrow strip where the cover of a book is joined to the pages, usually with the title and writer's name printed on it
(Definition of spine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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