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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPINE

"Yes, dear: that is, if you and I take the spine," replied the old lady.

Later I learned that his spine had been broken, that he would be paralyzed for life.

Such a tingle shot up Gibson's spine that he was sure he must have jumped.

For the present he can but prescribe a purgative and a massage of the arm and spine.

Why you'd put any other man's back up until he broke his spine.

Jed was conscious of a cold sensation, like the touch of an icicle, up and down his spine.

I don't know what her husband died of, but I'll bet 'twasn't curvature of the spine.

Penrun was gasping in agony at the intolerable pain in his spine.

What sort of a brain do you think could flourish at the top of such a spine?

This error is the cause of much pain and weakness in the lower part of the spine.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "backbone," later "thornlike part" (early 15c.), from Old French espine (French épine), from Latin spina "backbone," originally "thorn, prickle," from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (cf. Latin spica "ear of corn," Old Norse spikr "nail;" see spike (n.1)). Meaning "the back of a book" is first attested 1922.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SPINE

backbone

nounspinal column of vertebrate
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