US: /ˈbækˌboʊn/
UK: /bˈækbə‍ʊn/

English Vietnamese dictionary

backbone /'bækboun/
  • danh từ
    • xương sống
    • (nghĩa bóng) xương sống, cột trụ
      • he is the backbone of the football team: anh ấy là cột trụ của đội bóng
    • (nghĩa bóng) nghị lực; sức mạnh
      • to lack backbone: thiếu nghị lực
    • to the backbone
      • chính cống, hoàn toàn
    • he is an Englishman to the backbone: hắn là một người Anh chính cống

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 [C] the row of small bones that are connected together down the middle of the back
Synonym: SPINE
2 [sing.] the most important part of a system, an organization, etc. that gives it support and strength: Agriculture forms the backbone of the rural economy.
3 [U] the strength of character that you need to do sth difficult: He doesn't have the backbone to face the truth.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 spine, spinal column:
He's much better since the surgery on his backbone.
2 mainstay, chief or main support, buttress, pillar:
Sheila has been the backbone of the society, but she has now moved away.
3 resoluteness, sturdiness, firmness, determination, strength (of character), mettle, purposefulness, resolution, courage, fortitude, resolve, will, will-power, strength, stability, stamina, staying power, grit:
Has she the backbone to run the company alone?

Concise English dictionary

+a central cohesive source of support and stability
+fortitude and determination
+the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
+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
+the part of a network that connects other networks together