- n a central cohesive source of support and stability
- n fortitude and determination
- n the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
- n the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved
- n the part of a network that connects other networks together
the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic
- By then, the Internet will have been extended, by means of an interplanetary Internet backbone, to operate in outer space.
- It's also the backbone of ideals like democracy and human rights, as well as the protector of rather more tawdry material like reality TV and Internet porn.
- They form the backbone of the status quo in the governmental and societal structure.
- John Edwards in Guardian Unlimited
With our convictions and a little backbone we will take back the White House in November,said Edwards, ending his second campaign in a hurricane-ravaged section of New Orleans where he began it more than a year ago.
- Barack Obama in Bloomberg
The auto industry is the backbone of American manufacturing and a critical part of our attempt to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,Obama said. "I would like to see the administration do everything it can to accelerate the retooling...
- Joe Biden in The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com
With this task force, we have a single, highly visible group with one single goal: to raise the living standards of the people who are the backbone of this country,Biden said.