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Definition of Back

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backward, to the rear; to the past
behind, after
dorsal area; part of a chair where the back rests; rear part of the human body (from the neck to the end of the spine); end; defense player (Basketball)
support; move backwards, move to the rear
Back Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
rursus, tergum
Glossary of Bookbinding Terms
The edge of a book along which the leaves or sections are fastened together in binding. See also spine .
Back Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
A support or resource in reserve.
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.
A garment for the back; hence, clothing.
A ferryboat. See Bac, 1.
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.
To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism.
In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back.
In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back0 the offensive words.
In return, repayment, or requital.
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.
In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent.
In a state of restraint or hindrance.
Away from contact; by reverse movement.
(Of time) In times past; ago.
Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.
(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 stand still behind another dog which has pointed; -- said of a dog.
(v. i.)
To place or seat upon the back.
(v. i.)
To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
(v. i.)
To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
(v. i.)
To get upon the back of; to mount.
(v. i.)
To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
(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 bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse.
(v. i.)
To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.
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.
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.
The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
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.
The keel and keelson of a ship.
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\back\ (&?;), n. [f. bac: cf. arm. bak tray, bowl.] 1. 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.

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 think back 
 push back 
 to turn the back 
 travel back and forth 
 back tooth 
 back fire 
 back talk 
 go back on 
 put back 
 to back down 
 to be or lie on one`s back 
 to back the sails 
 back stream 
 to back and fill 
 throw back 
 skew back 
 cut back 
 back stairs 
 back eccentric 
 to turn the back on one 
 coming back 
 half back 
 back door 
 to back out 
 to call back 
 to put back 
 to keep back 
 set back 
 to hark back 
 come back 
 to hang back 
 to back the oars 
 to turn the back on 
 pull back 
 strike back 
 take back 
 to draw back 
 move back 
 double back 
 back up 
 to fall back 
 fight back 
 to give back 
 give back 
 to back a warrant 
 back step 
 back pack 

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 toss back 
 call back 
 play back 
 to turn back 
 back quote 
 ladder-back chair 
 back blocks 
 shrink back 
 turn back 
 to claw one on the back 
 knock back 
 to throw back 
 to bear back 
 back filling 
 back spread 
 date back 
 send back 
 to back a rope 
 hark back 
 flash back 
 back entrance 
 behind one`s back 
 keep back 
 water back 
 look back 
 invariant sections, with no front-cover texts, and with no back-cover 
 rear back 
 full back 
 back out 
 hop back 

 to back water 
 to get back 
 to snap back 
 switch back 
 go back n 
 draw back 
 to see the back of 
 win back 
 paneled back 
 mackerel-back sky 
 to back up 
 snap back 
 paying back 
 to take the back track 
 back charges 
 to back the field 
 kick back 
 force back 
 to fall back upon 
 fall back 
 trim back 
 go back 
 get back 
 jack back 
 back away 
 to bring back 
 quarter back 
 drive back 
 window back 
 blue-back mullet 
 trouble came back 
 back slang 
 running back 
 ceding back 
 lean back 
 back and forth 
 to break the back 
 wash back 
 feed back 
 to back an anchor 
 spring back 
 to go back on 
 back rest 
 watteau back 
 back charge 
 pay back 
 hold back 
 back pressure 
 lay or back 

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The Phrase Finder
An ugly face.
A reversal of fortune or disappointment. Also used in a verb form as 'to knock back', meaning to refuse an offer.
Australian origin.
Someone who criticises from the sidelines.
From the habit of some people of giving unwanted advice to car drivers.
Back all the horses in a race except one, the favourite
A return to previously held values of decency.
This became prominent in current language in the UK with a 1993 speech by UK prime minister John Major, although it has been used in every day language long before that.
Major: "It is time to get back to basics: to self-discipline and respect for the law, to consideration for others, to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family, and not shuffling it off on the state"
Partners engaged in sexual intercourse.
This modern sounding phrase is in fact at least as early as Shakespeare. From Othello. Iago: 'I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs'.
Be angry.
Cats arch their backs when threatened or annoyed.
A lonely forsaken place.
The Outback (the inland desert region) of Australia.
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
cúl, muin
of body: druim, droim
direction: ar ais
English Phonetics
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Adblygu = v. to fold back
Aderbyniad = n. a receiving back
Adgwymp = n. m. a fall back
Adgywain = v. to carry back
Adlam = n. a back step; a home
Adlamiad = n. m. a stepping back
Adlamu = v. to step back; to rebound
Adlifo = v. to flow back
Adlithrad = n. m. a sliding back
Adlithro = v. to slide back
Adlusgo = v. to drag back
Adnawf = n. m. a swimming back
Adnofiad = n. a swimming back
Adnofio = v. to swim back
Adredeg = v. to run again, to run back
Adwyr = a. recurvous, bent back
Adwyro = v. to recline back
Adyru = v. to drive back
Attorchi = v. to fold back
Attraws = a. crossing back
Attwyn = v. to bring back, return
Attychwel = v. to return again; n. a fallen back
Attynu = v. to pull, or draw back
Cefn = n. a back; a ridge
Cefnogi = v. to back, to encourage
Cefnu = v. to back; to turn a back
Cil = n. a back; a recess; a corner; a retreat, a flight
Cilddant = n. a back tooth
Cildro = n. a turn back
Cildynog = a. apt to pull back
Cildynu = v. to pull back
Cilgwthio = v. to drive back
Ciliedig = a. driven back
Daderbyn = v. to receive back
Dadffrydio = v. to flow back
Dadredeg = v. to run back
Dadroddi = v. to give back
Dadsaethu = v. to shoot back
Dadsangu = v. to tread back
Dadwibio = v. to reel back
Darddychwel = v. to recur back
Ednyddu = v. to writhe back
Gwrtharwain = n. a leading back
Gwrthdro = n. a turn back
Gwrthdwyth = a springing back; elasticity
Gwrthfwriad = n. a casting back
Gwrthymchwel = n. a reverting or coming back
Pentan = n. a fire back, a hob
Trum = n. a ridge, a back
Ymddychwelyd = v. to turn one's self back
The Devil's Dictionary
Back, (n.)

That part of your friend which it is your privilege to contemplate in your adversity.
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
Shakespeare Words
sound all the way through; rear of an army; support, backing; to mount (invented by Shk.).
Australian Slang
(n) remote inland settlements, or more recently, the cheaper blocks of land in the suburbs; the back section of a sheep or cattle station
a bribe
(adj) beyond, behind, further inland ("Back of Bourke" - even further than "Bourke" - a far inland town)
a very long way away; a remote inland area a great distance from the speaker; the middle of nowhere (from Bourke - a town in north-west NSW)
far out bush as one can get, right out outback of Australia
very long way away; a remote inland area a great distance from the speaker; the middle of nowhere
in the far outback; in any remote region
smb. is in real need of a piss
support the wrong or losing contender
seek second share of (a commodity being distributed)
homophobic catch-phrase used to supposedly warn men that a particular male is homosexual
(crass) two people having sexual intercourse
be obtained by questionable or illegal means
have anal sex with smb.
certain to succeed
1. consume, especially rapidly: “He knocked back two cans of beer”; 2. (n.) refusal, rejection, especially of sexual advances; (trans. v.) refuse; 3. set back; impede
(racist) supposed fake back injury in order to get out of work
any obsession, compulsion, or addiction, seen as a burden, as a compulsion to work or an addiction to drugs
(adj) persistent nagging ('He's always on my back', 'Get off my back!')
beyond suburbia and the more established farm and cattle property
shut up woman
a) be rid of (a person); b) be finished with (a situation, task, etc.)
any pain in a person's back, jocularly attributed to the strains of indulging in sexual intercourse
lucky person
long time ago
a migrant from south of the border - i. e. NSW or Victoria, to Queensland (reference to illegal Mexican immigrants)
smb. is ugly
English Slang Dictionary v1.2
see I gotcha back
WordNet 2.0

1. the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; "his back was nicely tanned"
(synonym) dorsum
(hypernym) body part
(part-holonym) torso, trunk, body
(part-meronym) saddle
2. the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
(synonym) rear
(hypernym) side
(hyponym) stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail
3. 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"
(synonym) rear
(antonym) front
(hypernym) position, place
4. (football) a person who plays in the backfield
(hypernym) football player, footballer
(hyponym) flanker back, flanker
(classification) football, football game
5. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back"
(synonym) spinal column, vertebral column, spine, backbone, rachis
(hypernym) skeletal structure
(hyponym) notochord
(part-holonym) axial skeleton
(part-meronym) spinal canal, vertebral canal, canalis vertebralis
6. the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a leather binding"
(synonym) binding, book binding, cover
(hypernym) protective covering, protective cover, protection
(hyponym) half binding
(part-holonym) book, volume
7. the part of a garment that covers your back; "they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back"
(hypernym) cloth covering
8. a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
(synonym) backrest
(hypernym) support
(hyponym) cantle
(part-holonym) chair
9. the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
(hypernym) position
(hyponym) linebacker, line backer
(member-holonym) backfield
(classification) American football, American football game

1. be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
(synonym) endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
(hypernym) approve, O.K., okay, sanction
(hyponym) guarantee, warrant
(verb-group) second, endorse, indorse
(derivation) backing, backup, championship, patronage
2. travel backward; "back into the driveway"; "The car backed up and hit the tree"
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) back out
(see-also) back up, back off, back down
3. give support or one's approval to; "I'll second that motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project"
(synonym) second, endorse, indorse
(hypernym) support, back up
(verb-group) endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
(derivation) backing, backup, championship, patronage
4. cause to travel backward; "back the car into the parking spot"
(antonym) advance, bring forward
5. support financial backing for; "back this enterprise"
(hypernym) finance
(derivation) angel, backer
6. be in back of; "My garage backs their yard"
(antonym) front, look, face
(hypernym) lie
(derivation) rear
7. place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"
(synonym) bet on, gage, stake, game, punt
(hypernym) bet, wager, play
(hyponym) ante
8. shift to a counterclockwise direction; "the wind backed"
(antonym) veer
(hypernym) switch, change over, shift
9. establish as valid or genuine; "Can you back up your claims?"
(synonym) back up
(hypernym) confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm
10. strengthen by providing with a back or backing
(hypernym) strengthen
(derivation) binding, book binding, cover

1. related to or located at the back; "the back yard"; "the back entrance"
(synonym) back(a)
(antonym) front(a)
(similar) backmost, hindermost, hindmost, rearmost
(see-also) aft(a)
2. located at or near the back of an animal; "back (or hind) legs"; "the hinder part of a carcass"
(synonym) back(a), hind(a), hinder(a)
(similar) posterior
3. of an earlier date; "back issues of the magazine"
(synonym) back(a)
(similar) noncurrent

1. in or to or toward a former location; "she went back to her parents' house"
2. 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"
(synonym) backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards
3. in or to or toward an original condition; "he went back to sleep"
4. in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
(synonym) backward
(antonym) ahead, forward
5. in answer; "he wrote back three days later"; "had little to say in reply to the questions"
(synonym) in reply
6. 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"
Back Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Cotton Textile Industry Glossary of Terms
The underside of the cloth as woven in the LOOM.
Company Info: Ticker, Name, Description
Back Yard Burgers, Inc.
Exchange: Nasdaq
Operates and franchises quick-service, predominantly drive-thru restaurants under the name "back yard burgers" which offer gourmet hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and other gourmet sandwich items.
Back Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Fear of returning home
Dream Dictionary
To dream of seeing a nude back, denotes loss of power. Lending advice or money is dangerous. Sickness often attends this dream.

To see a person turn and walk away from you, you may be sure envy and jealousy are working to your hurt.

To dream of your own back, bodes no good to the dreamer.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Back Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
B.A.C.K. is the fourth studio album by the Danish thrash metal band Artillery. It was released in 1999 on Die Hard music, and their first full-length studio album since By Inheritance, which came out nine years earlier. After the release of this album, Artillery would break up again, but eventually reformed for a second time in 2007.

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The human back is the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders. It is the surface opposite to the chest, its height being defined by the vertebral column (commonly referred to as the spine or backbone) and its breadth being supported by the ribcage and shoulders. The spinal canal runs through the spine and provides nerves to the rest of the body.

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Back Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
English - Klingon
n. chap - back of hand
Dub - back of body
v. DoH
Back Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
the back
a back; a high house
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (1869) , by Roswell D. Hitchcock. About