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The row of bony segments that surround and protect the spinal cord
“The function of the vertebrate backbone relies on an array of tissues, with variable composition and structure integrated into a multitude of configurations.”
Bravery or courage in the face of danger or hardship
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“I suppose I was hoping for some respite, an opportunity to resolve my grief and develop some backbone to return home to Australia and face the music.”
Resoluteness or strength of character
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“True, they have not that softness of speech which is said to be possessed by Londoners, but they have plenty of grit and backbone in their characters.”
The chief support of a system or organization
“Therefore, the backbone of the squad remains the same, which will probably not be enough to improve on last season's third place.”
The core or basis for something
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Violent or hostile behavior
The fundamental principles on which something is based
Utter audacity, effrontery or impudence
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(anatomy) With respect to, or concerning the side in which the backbone is located
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