Definitions of back

  1. be in back of; " My garage backs their yard"
  2. the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
  3. a support that you can lean against while sitting; " the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
  4. the part of a garment that covers your back; " they pinned a ` kick me' sign on his back"
  5. the front and back covering of a book; " the book had a leather binding"
  6. the side that goes last or is not normally seen; " he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
  7. the posterior part of a human ( or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; " his back was nicely tanned"
  8. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; " the fall broke his back"
  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"
  10. ( football) a person who plays in the backfield
  11. in or to or toward a former location; " she went back to her parents' house"
  12. establish as valid or genuine; " Can you back up your claims?"
  13. of an earlier date; " back issues of the magazine"
  14. located at or near the back of an animal; " back ( or hind) legs"; " the hinder part of a carcass"
  15. related to or located at the back; " the back yard"; " the back entrance"
  16. in or to or toward a past time; " set the clocks back an hour"; " never look back"; " lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
  17. place a bet on; " Which horse are you backing?"; " I'm betting on the new horse"
  18. be behind; approve of; " He plumped for the Labor Party"; " I backed Kennedy in 1960"
  19. strengthen by providing with a back or backing
  20. shift to a counterclockwise direction; " the wind backed"
  21. travel backward; " back into the driveway"; " The car backed up and hit the tree"
  22. cause to travel backward; " back the car into the parking spot"
  23. support financial backing for; " back this enterprise"
  24. give support or one's approval to; " I'll second that motion"; " I can't back this plan"; " endorse a new project"
  25. 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"
  26. 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"
  27. in or to or toward an original condition; " he went back to sleep"
  28. 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.
  29. A ferryboat. See Bac, 1.
  30. 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.
  31. An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
  36. A support or resource in reserve.
  37. The keel and keelson of a ship.
  38. The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.
  39. A garment for the back; hence, clothing.
  40. Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.
  41. Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
  42. Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
  43. To get upon the back of; to mount.
  44. To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
  45. To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
  46. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
  47. To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
  48. To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend.
  49. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
  50. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back.
  51. 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.
  52. To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism.
  53. ( Of time) In times past; ago.
  54. Away from contact; by reverse movement.
  55. 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.
  56. In a state of restraint or hindrance.
  57. In return, repayment, or requital.
  58. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back0 the offensive words.
  59. In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent.
  60. To bet on the success of; - as, to back a race horse.
  61. To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; - used of the wind.
  62. To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; - said of a dog.
  63. 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.
  64. To furnish with a back or backing; mount; support; wager on the successful outcome of; indorse; to cause to move backwards.
  65. To move or go backward.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. The hinder part of the body in man, and the upper part in beasts: the hinder part.
  69. To the place from which one came: to a former state or condition: behind: in return: again.
  70. The hinder part of the body in man, and the upper part in animals; the rear.
  71. To go backward.
  72. To put backward; get on the back of; stand at the back of; sustain.
  73. Toward the rear; in an opposite direction.
  74. In the rear; behind.
  75. To foree backward.
  76. To stand; uphold; sustain; support.
  77. To mount; ride.
  78. To address or indorse.
  79. To move rearward.
  80. Remote or retired.
  81. In arrears; overdue; not paid; as, back pay.
  82. To or toward the rear; behind; backward; in return; again.
  83. That lies beyond, or distant; returning backward.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. That is situated behind; previous.
  90. To mount; to support; to put or move back.
  91. To the place from whence one came; to a former state or condition; behind; not advancing again.
  92. A brewers vat or large open tub for containing beer; a ferry- boat.

Usage examples for back

  1. Don't take her back. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  2. " We will look when we go back," replied Uncle Robert. – Uncle Robert's Geography (Uncle Robert's Visit, V.3) by Francis W. Parker and Nellie Lathrop Helm
  3. Oh, father, are you back again? – The Great Hunger by Johan Bojer
  4. I'll go back and see, monsieur. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  5. You back again, Zazo! – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn
  6. Would you like to come back to us? – Trading by Susan Warner
  7. Then why did you come back here? – The Indian Drum by William MacHarg Edwin Balmer
  8. It did not come back. – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  9. Tell me, why are you back here?" – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  10. Give it back to her; you shall, you must! – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  11. Thought you never was a- comin' back. – The Brass Bound Box by Evelyn Raymond
  12. You are back, then? – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  13. She said, " I'll be right back." – Mate in Two Moves by Winston Marks
  14. " You had better go back to Earth, Smith," Jorak said. – Earthsmith by Milton Lesser
  15. " You did quite right to come back," said Kinnaird. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  16. I will not go back; I shall go with the man I love, to be his wife, here, in the Gorgio world. – The World For Sale, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  17. " I go back to- morrow, I hope. – The Delectable Duchy by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  18. " Our brothers have come back- it is good," cried the Cheyennes. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor