|1.||the spinal column|
|2.||the sharply pointed tip or outgrowth of a leaf, stem, etc|
|3.||zoology a hard pointed process or structure, such as the ray of a fin, the quill of a porcupine, or the ridge on a bone|
|4.||the back of a book, record sleeve, etc|
|5.||a ridge, esp of a hill|
|6.||strength of endurance, will, etc|
|7.||anything resembling the spinal column in function or importance; main support or feature|
|[C14: from Old French espine spine, from Latin spīna thorn, backbone]|
See spinal column.
Any of various short pointed projections, processes, or appendages of bone.
|spine (spīn) Pronunciation Key