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The series of bones situated at the back from the head to the pelvis of a person, or from the head to the tail of an animal; backbone, vertebral column.
* 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) , :
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- If you attentively regard almost any quadruped's spine , you will be struck with the resemblance of its vertebrae to a strung necklace of dwarfed skulls.
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Something resembling a backbone, such as a ridge, or a long, central structure from which other structures radiate.
# The narrow, bound edge of a book.
A rigid, pointed surface protuberance or needle-like structure on an animal, shell, or plant.
* 1871 , (Charles Darwin), (w) , :
(figurative) Courage or assertiveness.
- The male, as Dr. Gunther informs me, has a cluster of stiff, straight spines , like those of a comb, on the sides of the tail.
* send shivers down someone's spine
* spina bifida
* spinal canal
* spinal column
* spinal cord
* spine board
(uncountable) Flexibility, pliancy.
(countable) The act of flexing.
(uncountable, chiefly, British) Any flexible insulated electrical wiring.
(countable, geometry) A point of inflection.
To bend something.
To repeatedly bend one of one's joints.
To move part of the body using one's muscles.
(bodybuilding) To tighten the muscles for display of size or strength.
* 1994 , Elise Title, Body Heat? , page 189
- He rubbed his hands together. "Believe it or not, there was a time when I considered giving acting a go. What do you think, Miss Fox?" He flexed impressive biceps. "Would I have had a chance against the Schwarzeneggers and the Chuck Norris types?"