Definition of Backbone:

  1. The series of vertebrae extending from the skull to the pelvis; the spine.

  2. The chief support of a system or organization; the mainstay.

  3. In data communications, the largest pipe (cable or channel) of a network (or a network of networks such as Internet) that carries the heaviest data traffic at highest possible speed, and which connects every main server and device on the network. The size (bandwidth) of a backbone is relative: a backbone in a small network would be smaller (have lower bandwidth) than the non-backbone lines in a large network.

  4. A high-speed, high-capacity digital connection which forms the axis of a local or wide area network.

Synonyms of Backbone

Spine, Spinal column, Vertebral column, Vertebrae, Advocate, Alpenstock, Arm, Athletic supporter, Back, Backing, Bandeau, Bearer, Bottom, Bra, Brace, Bracer, Bracket, Brassiere, Buttress, Cane, Carrier, Cervix, Chutzpah, Corset, Courage, Crook, Crutch, Determination, Firmness, Fortitude, Foundation garment, Fulcrum, Gameness, Girdle, Grit, Guts, Gutsiness, Guttiness, Guy, Guywire, Hardihood, Heart, Heart of oak, Intestinal fortitude, Jock, Jockstrap, Mainstay, Maintainer, Mast, Mettle, Mettlesomeness, Moxie, Neck, Nerve, Pillar, Pith, Pluck, Pluckiness, Prop, Purposefulness, Rachis, Reinforce, Reinforcement, Reinforcer, Resoluteness, Resolution, Resolve, Rest, Resting place, Rigging, Sand, Shoulder, Shroud, Spinal column, Spine, Spirit, Sprit, Spunk, Spunkiness, Stability, Staff, Stamina, Standing rigging, Stave, Stay, Staying power, Stick, Stiffener, Stout heart, Strength, Strengthener, Sturdiness, Support, Supporter, Sustainer, Toughness, True grit, Upholder, Vertebrae, Vertebral column, Walking stick, Will, Mainstay, Cornerstone, Foundation, Chief support, Buttress, Pillar

How to use Backbone in a sentence?

  1. The first major project completed was the digital backbone network, which spans the entire country since its completion in February this year.
  2. Prickles of sweat broke out along her backbone.
  3. These firms are the backbone of our industrial sector.

Meaning of Backbone & Backbone Definition