Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Back
  1. the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
  2. a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
  3. the part of a garment that covers your back; "they pinned a `kick me'' sign on his back"
  4. the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a leather binding"
  5. the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
  6. the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; "his back was nicely tanned"
  7. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back"
  8. 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"
  9. (football) a person who plays in the backfield
  10. strengthen by providing with a back or backing
  11. establish as valid or genuine; "Can you back up your claims?"
  12. shift to a counterclockwise direction; "the wind backed"
  13. place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I''m betting on the new horse"
  14. travel backward; "back into the driveway"; "The car backed up and hit the tree"
  15. cause to travel backward; "back the car into the parking spot"
  16. support financial backing for; "back this enterprise"
  17. be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
  18. give support or one''s approval to; "I''ll second that motion"; "I can''t back this plan"; "endorse a new project"
  19. be in back of; "My garage backs their yard"
  20. in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
  21. 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"
  22. 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"
  23. in or to or toward a former location; "she went back to her parents'' house"
  24. in or to or toward an original condition; "he went back to sleep"
  25. in answer; "he wrote back three days later"; "had little to say in reply to the questions"
Similar Words: backrest, binding, book binding, cover, rear, dorsum, spinal column, vertebral column, spine, backbone, rachis, back up, bet on, gage, stake, game, punt, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support, second, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards, in reply


See Also: back up, back off, back down, back out


Hyponyms: linebacker, line backer, quarterback, signal caller, field general, fullback, halfback, tailback, wingback, cantle, ladder-back, half binding, three-quarter binding, stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail, tail assembly, empennage, notochord, chine, flanker back, flanker, running back, ante, parlay, double up, back out, guarantee, warrant, side, pull, root, champion, defend


Grouped Verbs: second, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support


Part Meronyms: chair, car seat, book, volume, torso, trunk, body, axial skeleton


Member Meronyms: backfield, secondary


Derivational Morphology: cover, spread over, bind, binding, book binding, backing, mount, bettor, better, wagerer, punter, gambling, gaming, play, stake, stakes, bet, wager, angel, backer, support, financial support, funding, financial backing, backup, championship, patronage, supporter, protagonist, champion, admirer, booster, friend, endorsement, indorsement, blurb, subscriber, endorser, indorser, ratifier, second, secondment, seconder, rear


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: agter and agterkant and rug and terug   Catalan: esquena  
Danish: bagside and ryg and tilbage   Dutch: achterkant and rug and terug  
Finnish: kääntöpuoli and perä and selkä and takaisin   French: derrière and dos and fin and fond  
German: Ende and Rücken and Rückseite and zurück   Hebrew: גב and סוֹף  
Indonesian: belakang and punggung   Irish: droim  
Italian: fondo and indietro and retro   Japanese: and and 後ろ and 戻り and 最後  
Korean:   Kurdish: پشت  
Latin: dorsum   Polish: plecy and tył  
Portuguese: dorso and parte de trás   Romanian: înapoi and spate  
Russian: зад and спина   Slovene: hrbet and nazaj  
Spanish: atrás and espalda   Swahili: mgongo  
Swedish: bakände and baksida and rygg and tillbaka   Tagalog: huling dulo and likod and pinakalikod  
Telugu: వెనుక and వెనుకబడు and వెనుకవైపు  
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