|n.||1.||(Zool.) One of the Vertebrata.|
|a.||1.||(Anat.) Having a backbone, or vertebral column, containing the spinal marrow, as man, quadrupeds, birds, amphibia, and fishes.|
|2.||(Bot.) Contracted at intervals, so as to resemble the spine in animals.|
|3.||(Zool.) Having movable joints resembling vertebræ; - said of the arms of ophiurans.|
|4.||(Zool.) Of or pertaining to the Vertebrata; - used only in the form vertebrate.|
|Noun||1.||vertebrate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium|
|Adj.||1.||vertebrate - having a backbone or spinal column; "fishes and amphibians and reptiles and birds and mammals are verbetrate animals"|
invertebrate - lacking a backbone or spinal column; "worms are an example of invertebrate animals"