[syn: spine, backbone]
5. the part of a network that connects other networks together;
- Example: "the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Backbone \Back"bone"\ (b[a^]k"b[=o]n`), n. [2d back, n. + bone.]
1. The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives
firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal
2. Anything like, or serving the purpose of, a backbone.
The lofty mountains on the north side compose the
granitic axis, or backbone of the country. --Darwin.
We have now come to the backbone of our subject.
3. Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.
Shelley's thought never had any backbone. --Shairp.
To the backbone, through and through; thoroughly; entirely.
"Staunch to the backbone." --Lord Lytton.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith
is his anchor"; "the keystone of campaign reform was the
ban on soft money"; "he is the linchpin of this firm" [syn:
anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin,
2: fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try
it" [syn: backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand,
3: the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and
protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back" [syn:
spinal column, vertebral column, spine, backbone,
4: 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 title and author were printed on the spine of
the book" [syn: spine, backbone]
5: the part of a network that connects other networks together;
"the backbone is the part of a communication network that
carries the heaviest traffic"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
98 Moby Thesaurus words for "backbone":
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
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
In a hierarchical network, a top-level network
that carries network traffic between the mid-level networks
and stub networks that connect to it.
The largest backbone network is the Internet backbone.