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Definition of Backbone


  1. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column.
  2. Anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone.
  3. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.

Backbone Quotations

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
Carl von Clausewitz

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
Reba McEntire

Low-cost, high-grade coal, oil and natural gas - the backbone of the Industrial Revolution - will be a distant memory by 2050. Much higher-cost remnants will still be available, but they will not be able to drive our growth, our population and, most critically, our food supply as before.
Jeremy Grantham

The backbone of any improvement of governance, its development as well as its protection from any form of wastage or excessiveness, is a mechanism to place laws under the microscope of revision and modernization until they resonate in tune with the methodological development and new administrative technologies.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The backbone of our nation's domestic defense against terrorist attacks will continue to be the men and women in local law enforcement and emergency services.
Saxby Chambliss
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Backbone Translations

backbone in Hungarian is gerinc
backbone in Spanish is espinazo
backbone in Swedish is ryggrad
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