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Back meaning

back - 49 dictionary results

  1. 1. strengthen by providing with a back or backing
  2. 2. shift to a counterclockwise direction; " the wind backed"
  3. 3. travel backward; " back into the driveway"; " The car backed up and hit the tree"
  4. 4. cause to travel backward; " back the car into the parking spot"
  5. 5. support financial backing for; " back this enterprise"
  6. 6. give support or one's approval to; " I'll second that motion"; " I can't back this plan"; " endorse a new project"
  7. 7. 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"
  8. 8. 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"
  9. 9. in or to or toward an original condition; " he went back to sleep"
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. A ferryboat. See Bac, 1.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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 chimney.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
  18. 18. A support or resource in reserve.
  19. 19. The keel and keelson of a ship.
  20. 20. The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.
  21. 21. A garment for the back; hence, clothing.
  22. 22. Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.
  23. 23. Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
  24. 24. Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
  25. 25. To get upon the back of; to mount.
  26. 26. To place or seat upon the back.
  27. 27. To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
  28. 28. To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
  29. 29. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
  30. 30. To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
  31. 31. To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend.
  32. 32. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
  33. 33. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back.
  34. 34. 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 reading it.
  35. 35. To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism.
  36. 36. ( Of time) In times past; ago.
  37. 37. Away from contact; by reverse movement.
  38. 38. 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.
  39. 39. In a state of restraint or hindrance.
  40. 40. In return, repayment, or requital.
  41. 41. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back0 the offensive words.
  42. 42. In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent.
  43. 43. To bet on the success of; - as, to back a race horse.
  44. 44. To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; - used of the wind.
  45. 45. To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; - said of a dog.
  46. 46. The hinder part of the body in man, and the upper part in animals; the rear.
  47. 47. To go backward.
  48. 48. To put backward; get on the back of; stand at the back of; sustain.
  49. 49. Toward the rear; in an opposite direction.

back - examples of usage

  1. Can't that time- won't it- come back again? - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. You 'it 'er back. - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  3. " I know, I- He don' come back. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
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