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 back back

adj

  • () related to or located at the back  ( back )
    related to or located at the back
     the back yard
    the back yard
     the back entrance
    the back entrance
  • noun

  • () the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine  ( dorsum, back )
    the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
     his back was nicely tanned
    his back was nicely tanned
  • () the side that goes last or is not normally seen  ( rear, back )
    the side that goes last or is not normally seen
     he wrote the date on the back of the photograph
    he wrote the date on the back of the photograph
  • () the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer  ( back, rear )
    the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
     he stood at the back of the stage
    he stood at the back of the stage
     it was hidden in the rear of the store
    it was hidden in the rear of the store
  • (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage  ( back )
    (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
  • a support that you can lean against while sitting  ( back, backrest )
    a support that you can lean against while sitting
     the back of the dental chair was adjustable
    the back of the dental chair was adjustable
  • the part of a garment that covers the back of your body  ( back )
    the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
     they pinned a kick me' sign on his back
    they pinned a kick me' sign on his back
  • the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book  ( back, binding, book binding, cover )
    the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
     the book had a leather binding
    the book had a leather binding
  • the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord  ( back, backbone, rachis, spinal column, vertebral column, spine )
    the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
     the fall broke his back
    the fall broke his back
  • (football) a person who plays in the backfield  ( back )
    (football) a person who plays in the backfield
  • adv

  • () in or to or toward a former location  ( back )
    in or to or toward a former location
     she went back to her parents' house
    she went back to her parents' house
  • () at or to or toward the back or rear  ( rearwards, backwards, backward, rearward, back )
    at or to or toward the back or rear
     he moved back
    he moved back
     tripped when he stepped backward
    tripped when he stepped backward
     she looked rearward out the window of the car
    she looked rearward out the window of the car
  • () in or to or toward an original condition  ( back )
    in or to or toward an original condition
     he went back to sleep
    he went back to sleep
  • () in or to or toward a past time  ( backward, back )
    in or to or toward a past time
     set the clocks back an hour
    set the clocks back an hour
     never look back
    never look back
     lovers of the past looking fondly backward
    lovers of the past looking fondly backward
  • () in reply  ( back )
    in reply
     he wrote back three days later
    he wrote back three days later
  • () in repayment or retaliation  ( back )
    in repayment or retaliation
     we paid back everything we had borrowed
    we paid back everything we had borrowed
     he hit me and I hit him back
    he hit me and I hit him back
     I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher
    I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher
  • adj

  • () located at or near the back of an animal  ( hind, hinder, back )
    located at or near the back of an animal
     back (or hind) legs
    back (or hind) legs
     the hinder part of a carcass
    the hinder part of a carcass
  • of an earlier date  ( back )
    of an earlier date
     back issues of the magazine
    back issues of the magazine
  • verb

  • () be behind; approve of  ( plunk for, indorse, plump for, back, endorse, support )
    be behind; approve of
     He plumped for the Labor Party
    He plumped for the Labor Party
     I backed Kennedy in 1960
    I backed Kennedy in 1960
  • () travel backward  ( back )
    travel backward
     back into the driveway
    back into the driveway
     The car backed up and hit the tree
    The car backed up and hit the tree
  • () cause to travel backward  ( back )
    cause to travel backward
     back the car into the parking spot
    back the car into the parking spot
  • () give support or one's approval to  ( indorse, second, endorse, back )
    give support or one's approval to
     I'll second that motion
    I'll second that motion
     I can't back this plan
    I can't back this plan
     endorse a new project
    endorse a new project
  • () support financial backing for  ( back )
    support financial backing for
     back this enterprise
    back this enterprise
  • strengthen by providing with a back or backing  ( back )
    strengthen by providing with a back or backing
  • establish as valid or genuine  ( back, back up )
    establish as valid or genuine
     Can you back up your claims?
    Can you back up your claims?
  • shift to a counterclockwise direction  ( back )
    shift to a counterclockwise direction
     the wind backed
    the wind backed
  • place a bet on  ( back, gage, game, punt, stake, bet on )
    place a bet on
     Which horse are you backing?
    Which horse are you backing?
     I'm betting on the new horse
    I'm betting on the new horse
  • be in back of  ( back )
    be in back of
     My garage backs their yard
    My garage backs their yard