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  1. be in back of; "My garage backs their yard" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the part of a garment that covers your back; "they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a leather binding" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; "his back was nicely tanned" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (football) a person who plays in the backfield Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. at or to or toward or the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. in or to or toward a former location; "she went back to her parents' house" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. establish as valid or genuine; "Can you back up your claims?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. of an earlier date; "back issues of the magazine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. located at or near the back of an animal; "back (or hind) legs"; "the hinder part of a carcass" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. related to or located at the back; "the back yard"; "the back entrance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. in answer; "he wrote back three days later"; "had little to say in reply to the questions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. strengthen by providing with a back or backing Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. shift to a counterclockwise direction; "the wind backed" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. travel backward; "back into the driveway"; "The car backed up and hit the tree" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. cause to travel backward; "back the car into the parking spot" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. support financial backing for; "back this enterprise" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. give support or one's approval to; "I'll second that motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. in or to or toward an original condition; "he went back to sleep" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  30. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A ferryboat. See Bac, 1. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. 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 Dictionary DB
  33. An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. A support or resource in reserve. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. The keel and keelson of a ship. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. A garment for the back; hence, clothing. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. Moving or operating backward; as, back action. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. To get upon the back of; to mount. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. To place or seat upon the back. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. (Of time) In times past; ago. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. Away from contact; by reverse movement. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. In a state of restraint or hindrance. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. In return, repayment, or requital. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back0 the offensive words. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. To bet on the success of; - as, to back a race horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; - used of the wind. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; - said of a dog. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. The hinder part of the body of man, or of other animals, from the neck to the end of the backbone; the whole region of the spine; that which is opposed to the front; the rear or hinder part of anything; the part of a book where it is sewed in binding; the part of a knife, etc., opposite to the cutting edge. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  67. To furnish with a back or backing; mount; support; wager on the successful outcome of; indorse; to cause to move backwards. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  68. To move or go backward. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  69. Lying or being behind, or in the rear, as to time, situation, or direction; in a backward direction; in arrears; overdue; no longer current; as, the back numbers of a magazine. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  70. To or toward the rear; to or toward a former place, state, condition, or time; in withdrawal; as, to take back hasty words; in reserve; as, to keep back part of the truth; in return; as, to pay back. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  71. The hinder part of the body in man, and the upper part in beasts: the hinder part. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  72. To the place from which one came: to a former state or condition: behind: in return: again. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  73. The hinder part of the body in man, and the upper part in animals; the rear. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  74. To go backward. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  75. To put backward; get on the back of; stand at the back of; sustain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  76. Toward the rear; in an opposite direction. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  77. In the rear; behind. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  78. To foree backward. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  79. To stand; uphold; sustain; support. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  80. To mount; ride. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  81. To address or indorse. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  82. To move rearward. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  83. Remote or retired. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  84. In arrears; overdue; not paid; as, back pay. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  85. That side of the trunk nearest the spine, in man the hinder, in quadrupeds the upper part; the reverse or rear part of anything. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  86. To or toward the rear; behind; backward; in return; again. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  87. That lies beyond, or distant; returning backward. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  88. To the place from which one came; to a former state, condition, or station; behind, not advancing, or not coming or bringing forward; towards times or things past; again; in return; away. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  89. The hinder part of the human body; the upper part of an animal; the part of anything, opposed to front; the part most remote from that which fronts the speaker or actor; the part of a cutting tool opposed to the edge; the upper part; the under part. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  90. To mount or get upon the back; to second or support; to sign or endorse, as a warrant or note of exchange; to put backward; to cause to retreat or recede; to furnish with a back; to bet in favour of. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  91. To move or go backward. Behind the back, when one Is not there, or not looking. To see the back of, to be rid of. To turn the back on, to turn coldly away from. To back the field, to bet against a particular horse that some one of all the other horses in the field will heat it. To back the oars, to pull the oars backwards so as to stay the motion of a boat. To back astern, to row the boat stern foremost To back up, to second or support. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  92. The upper part in animals, and the hinder part in man; the rear; the part out of sight; a miners term for joints; that part of a mineral lode nearest the surface. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  93. That is situated behind; previous. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  94. To mount; to support; to put or move back. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  95. To the place from whence one came; to a former state or condition; behind; not advancing again. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  96. A brewers vat or large open tub for containing beer; a ferry-boat. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  97. To bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse. mso.anu.edu.au
  98. To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; -- used of the wind. mso.anu.edu.au
  99. To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; -- said of a dog. mso.anu.edu.au
  100. This term is applied to back taxes and unpaid taxes that comes from assessments made in earlier years. thelawdictionary.org
  101. To bet on the success of; as, to back a race horse. dictgcide_fs
  102. To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; used of the wind. dictgcide_fs
  103. To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; said of a dog. dictgcide_fs
  104. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back the offensive words. dictgcide_fs
  105. bak, n. a brewer's or dyer's tub or trough. [Dut. bak.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  106. bak, n. the hinder part of the body in man, and the upper part in beasts, extending from the neck and shoulders to the extremity of the backbone: put for the whole body in speaking of clothes: the hinder part, or the part opposite to the front side: the convex part of a book, opposite to the opening of the leaves: the thick edge of a knife or the like: the upright hind part of a chair: the surface of the sea, or of a river: the keel and keelson of a ship: (football) one of the players stationed behind the 'forwards,' the full back's duty being merely to guard the goal: (mining) that side of an inclined mineral lode which is nearest the surface of the ground--the back of a level is the ground between it and the level above.--adv. to the place from which one came: to a former state or condition: behind: behind in time: in return: again.--v.t. to get upon the back of: to help, as if standing at one's back: to force back: to support one's opinion by a wager or bet--'to back a horse,' to bet money on his winning in a race, 'to back the field,' to bet upon all the horses in a field, against one in particular: to countersign a warrant, or indorse a cheque or bill; to write or print at the back of, as a parliamentary bill, or the like: to put or propel backward, or in the opposite direction, by reversing the action, as of an engine or a boat--hence the phrases, TO BACK THE OARS, TO BACK WATER.--v.i. to move or go back.--n. BACK'-BAND, a broad strap or chain passing over the cart saddle, and serving to keep up the shafts of a vehicle.--v.t. BACK'BITE, to speak evil of any one behind his back or in his absence.--ns. BACK'BITER; BACK'BITING; BACK'-BOARD, a board placed at the back of a cart, boat, &c.: a board fastened across the back to straighten the figure; BACK'BOND (Scots law), a deed attaching a qualification or condition to the terms of a conveyance or other instrument--used when particular circumstances render it necessary to express in a separate form the limitations or qualifications of a right; BACK'BONE, the bone of the back, the vertebral column: the main support of anything: mainstay: firmness, reliableness; BACK'-DOOR, a door in the back part of a building: (attrib.) unworthily secret: clandestine.--adj. BACKED, as in humpbacked.--ns. BACK'-END, the later part of a season: the late autumn; BACK'ER, one who backs or supports another in a contest: one who bets on a horse or the like; BACK'-FALL, a fall on the back in wrestling--also figuratively: a lever in the coupler of an organ; BACK'FRIEND (obs.), a pretended friend: a backer, a friend who stands at one's back; BACK'GROUND, ground at the back: a place of obscurity: the space behind the principal figures of a picture; BACK'-HAIR, the long hair at the back of a woman's head; BACK'-HAND, the hand turned backwards in making a stroke: handwriting with the letters sloped backwards.--adj. BACK'-HAND'ED, with the hand turned backward (as of a blow): indirect.--ns. BACK'-HAND'ER, a blow with the back of the hand: an extra glass of wine out of turn, the bottle being passed back; BACK'ING, support at the back: mounting of a horse: the action of putting back: a body of helpers: anything used to form a back or line the back; BACK'ING-DOWN, shirking; BACK'-LASH, the jarring reaction of a wheel in a machine when the motion is not uniform; BACK'-LOG, a log at the back of a fire.--adj. BACK'MOST, farthest to the back.--ns. BACK'-PIECE, BACK'-PLATE, a piece or plate of armour for the back; BACK'-SET, a setting back, reverse: an eddy or counter-current; BACK'SIDE, the back or hinder side or part of anything: the hinder part of an animal; BACK'-SIGHT, in surveying, a sight taken backwards: the sight of a rifle nearer the stock; BACK'-SLANG, slang in which every word is pronounced backwards.--v.t. BACKSLIDE', to slide or fall back in faith or morals:--pa.p. backslid', or backslid'den.--ns. BACKSLID'ER; BACKSLID'ING.--n.pl. BACK'STAIRS, back or private stairs of a house.--adj. secret or underhand.--n.pl. BACK'STAYS, ropes or stays extending from the topmast-heads to the sides of a ship, and slanting a little backward, to second the shrouds in supporting the mast when strained by a weight of sail in a fresh wind: any stay or support at the back.--ns. BACK'STITCH, a method of sewing in which, for every new stitch, the needle enters behind, and comes out in front of, the end of the previous one; BACK'SWORD, a sword with a back or with only one edge: a stick with a basket-handle; BACKSWORD'MAN (Shak.); BACK'-WASH, a backward current.--v.t. to affect with back-wash: to clean the oil from wool after combing.--n. BACK'WATER, water held back in a mill-stream or river by the obstruction of a dam below--a pool or belt of water connected with a river, but not in the line of its course or current: water thrown back by the turning of a water-wheel: a backward current of water: the swell of the sea formed by the paddles of a steamship.--n.pl. BACK'WOODS, the forest or uncultivated part of a country beyond the cleared country, as in North American BACKWOODS'MAN.--BACK! go back, turn back (imperatively).--AT THE BACK OF (in U.S. often BACK OF), in support or pursuit; ON, UPON THE BACK OF, weighing down as a burden.--TO AND BACK (Shak.), forward and backward.--TO BACK DOWN, to abandon one's opinion or position; TO BACK OUT, to recede from an engagement or promise; TO BACK UP, to give support to; TO BE ON ONE'S BACK, to have come to the end of one's resources; TO BREAK THE BACK OF, to overburden, to complete the hardest part of a task; TO CAST BEHIND THE BACK (B.), to forgive; TO SET or PUT UP THE BACK, to arouse to resentment; TO THE BACKBONE, thoroughly. [A.S. bæc, Sw. bak, Dan. bag.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  107. Hinder surface of human body (at the b. of, behind in support, pursuit, or concealment; BEHIND one\'s b.; give, make, a b., bend down at leapfrog; turn one\'s b., upon, run away from, abandon; on one\'s b., laid up; with one\'s b. to wall, hard pressed); body as needing clothes (b. & belly, clothing& food) or as weight-carrier (b. equal to burden; have on one\'s b., be burdened with; break one\'s b., overburden him, & see BREAK b. of); surface of things corresponding to human b. (less visible, active, or important; b. of hand, leg, door, book, knife), side away from spectator; upper surface of animal\'s body, surface corresponding to this (ridge-shaped, &c.; b. of hill, ship esp. in broke her b.; on the b. of, in addition to); football player stationed behind (full, three-quarter, half, b.); backband, over cart-saddle to keep shafts up; backboard, at b. of cart, also strapped across child\'s b. to straighten it; backbone, spine (whence backboned a.; to the backbone, thoroughly), main support, axis, watershed, chief strength, firmness of character (whence backboneless a.); backfall, throw on b. in wrestling; backsword, with only one edge, also singlestick. (Adj.; no comp., superl. backmost): situated behind, remote, inferior, (take b. seat, humble oneself); overdue (b. rent); reversed, counter, (b. current); backdoor, lit., & fig. secret means or approach, (adj.) clandestine, underhand; b.-end, late autumn; background, part of scene, picture, or description, that serves as setting to chief figures or objects and fore-ground, obscurity, retirement; backhand (ed), delivered with b. of hand or in direction counter to the usual, indirect, unexpected, (backhander, such blow, indirect attack, extra glass got by bottle\'s travelling wrong way); backset, counter current, check, reverse; backside, posterior, rump; b.-sight, that nearer stock of rifle &c., (Surv.) sight taken backwards; backstairs n. & a., backstair a., as backdoor above; backstays, ropes slanting abaft from masthead to sides of ship; backstroke, return or backhand stroke; backwash, motion of receding wave (lit. & fig.); backwater, water dammed back, currentless water beside stream& fed by its backflow, stagnant condition of things, creek communicating with sea by barred outlets, water cast from ship\'s paddles, loss of power caused by this; backway, bypath (lit. & fig.); backwoods n. & a., backwood a., (connected with) remote uncleared forest land (so backwoodsman). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  108. Put, or be, a back, lining, support, or background, to; assist with countenance, money, or argument, bet upon, whence backer n.; (of sporting dogs) follow suit to one that points; b. up, help by subordinate action, esp. in cricket; ride upon, break in to the saddle; countersign, endorse; cause to move back (horse, boat, engine, &c.; b. a sail, yard, lay it aback, i. e. to face wind; b. water, reverse boat\'s motion with oars); go backwards; (of wind) change countersun wise (cf. VEER); b. out (of), withdraw (from undertaking &c.); b. down, abandon claim. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  109. To the rear (often with omission of vb, esp. in imperative), away from what is considered the front (push the bolt b.); away from a promise (go b. from or upon one\'s word); into the past, into or in an earlier position or condition, home; in return (answer b. =retort: pay b.); at a distance (b. from the road); in a checked condition (keep b.); =ago; reckoning backwards (for years b.); behindhand; b. & forth=to& fro; b. of (United States) =behind; backbite, slander, speak ill of, whence backbiter n.; backlash (ing), irregular recoil of wheels in machinery due to defects or sudden pressure; backslide v.i., relapse into sin, whence backslider backsliding, nn.; backstitch n. & v.t. &i., sew (ing) with overlapping stitches. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  110. Shallow vat used in brewing, dyeing, &c. [Dutch] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  111. the Bb., grounds at the b. of certain colleges at Cambridge; put, get, set, person\'s b. up, make him angry. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  112. [D.] A large vessel used in brewing. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  113. n. [French] A large tub or vessel in to which the word, & c. , is drawn for the purpose of cooling, straining, mixing, & c. ;- a broad, flat boat. Cabinet Dictionary
  114. n. [Anglo-Saxon] The upper or hinder part opposed to the front; the roar ;- the onward or upper part as opposed to that which fronts the speaker or actor, or the part out of sight. Cabinet Dictionary
  115. adv. To the place from which one came ;- to or toward a former state, condition, or time ;- away from the front ;- in a state of restraint or hindrance ;- in return. Cabinet Dictionary
  116. The hinder part of the body; the outer part of the hand when it is shut; the rear; the place behind; the part of any thing out of sight; the thick part of any tool, opposed to the edge. Complete Dictionary
  117. To the place whence one came; backward from the present station; behind, not coming forward; toward things past; again, in return; again, a second time. Complete Dictionary

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