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spine


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spine  \Spine\,  n.  [L.  spina  thorn,  the  spine;  akin  to  spica  a 
  point:  cf  OF  espine,  F.  ['e]pine.  Cf  {Spike},  {Spinet}  a 
  musical  instrument,  {Spinny}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  sharp  appendage  to  any  of  a  plant;  a  thorn. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  rigid  and  sharp  projection  upon  any  part  of  an 
  animal. 
  b  One  of  the  rigid  and  undivided  fin  rays  of  a  fish. 
 
  3.  (Anat.)  The  backbone,  or  spinal  column,  of  an  animal;  -- 
  so  called  from  the  projecting  processes  upon  the 
  vertebr[ae]. 
 
  4.  Anything  resembling  the  spine  or  backbone;  a  ridge. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  spine 
  n  1:  the  series  of  vertebrae  forming  the  axis  of  the  skeleton  and 
  protecting  the  spinal  cord;  "the  fall  broke  his  back" 
  [syn:  {spinal  column},  {vertebral  column},  {backbone},  {back}] 
  2:  any  pointed  projection  [syn:  {spur}] 
  3:  a  sharp-pointed  tip  on  a  stem  or  leaf  [syn:  {thorn},  {prickle}] 
  4:  a  sharp  rigid  animal  process  or  appendage;  as  a  porcupine 
  quill  or  a  ridge  on  a  bone  or  a  ray  of  a  fish  fin 




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