- (verb) be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
- (noun) the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; "his back was nicely tanned"
- (verb) travel backward; "back into the driveway"; "The car backed up and hit the tree"
- (adverb) at or to or toward the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
- (noun) the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
- (noun) the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden in the rear of the store"
- (verb) give support or one''s approval to; "I''ll second that motion"; "I can''t back this plan"; "endorse a new project"
- (adverb) in or to or toward an original condition; "he went back to sleep"
- (noun) (football) a person who plays in the backfield;
- (verb) cause to travel backward "back the car into the parking spot"
- (adverb) in or to or toward a past time "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
- (verb) support financial backing for "back this enterprise"
- (adverb) in answer "he wrote back three days later"; "had little to say in reply to the questions"
- (noun) the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord "the fall broke his back"
- (verb) be in back of "My garage backs their yard"
- (noun) the front and back covering of a book "the book had a leather binding"
- (adverb) in repayment or retaliation "we paid back everything we had borrowed"; "he hit me and I hit him back"; "I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher"
- (verb) place a bet on "Which horse are you backing?"; "I''m betting on the new horse"
- (noun) the part of a garment that covers your back "they pinned a `kick me'' sign on his back"
- (verb) shift to a counterclockwise direction "the wind backed"
- (noun) a support that you can lean against while sitting "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
- (verb) establish as valid or genuine "Can you back up your claims?"
- (noun) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
- (verb) strengthen by providing with a back or backing
- (n.) A large shallow vat; a cistern, tub, or trough, used by
brewers, distillers, dyers, picklers, gluemakers, and others, for
mixing or cooling wort, holding water, hot glue, etc.
- (n.) A ferryboat. See Bac, 1.
- (n.) In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from
the neck to the end of the spine; in other animals, that part of the
body which corresponds most nearly to such part of a human being; as,
the back of a horse, fish, or lobster.
- (n.) An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
- (n.) The outward or upper part of a thing, as opposed to the inner
or lower part; as, the back of the hand, the back of the foot, the back
of a hand rail.
- (n.) The part opposed to the front; the hinder or rear part of a
thing; as, the back of a book; the back of an army; the back of a
- (n.) The part opposite to, or most remote from, that which fronts
the speaker or actor; or the part out of sight, or not generally seen;
as, the back of an island, of a hill, or of a village.
- (n.) The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its
edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
- (n.) A support or resource in reserve.
- (n.) The keel and keelson of a ship.
- (n.) The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal
- (n.) A garment for the back; hence, clothing.
- (a.) Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the
back door; back settlements.
- (a.) Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
- (a.) Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
- (v. i.) To get upon the back of; to mount.
- (v. i.) To place or seat upon the back.
- (v. i.) To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede;
as, to back oxen.
- (v. i.) To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back
- (v. i.) To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
- (v. i.) To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to
indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
- (v. i.) To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or
influence; as, to back a friend.
- (v. i.) To bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse.
- (v. i.) To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
- (v. i.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite
to that of the sun; -- used of the wind.
- (v. i.) To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; --
said of a dog.
- (adv.) In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step
- (adv.) To the place from which one came; to the place or person
from which something is taken or derived; as, to go back for something
left behind; to go back to one's native place; to put a book back after
- (adv.) To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to
private life; to go back to barbarism.
- (adv.) (Of time) In times past; ago.
- (adv.) Away from contact; by reverse movement.
- (adv.) In concealment or reserve; in one's own possession; as, to
keep back the truth; to keep back part of the money due to another.
- (adv.) In a state of restraint or hindrance.
- (adv.) In return, repayment, or requital.
- (adv.) In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking;
as, he took back0 the offensive words.
- (adv.) In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent.
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