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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)







"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 ​spinalcord: 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] (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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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