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see synonyms of back


1. back, dorsum

the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine

Example Sentences:
'his back was nicely tanned'

2. back, rear

the side that goes last or is not normally seen

Example Sentences:
'he wrote the date on the back of the photograph'

3. back, rear

the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer

Example Sentences:
'he stood at the back of the stage'
'it was hidden in the rear of the store'

4. back

(football) a person who plays in the backfield

5. back, backbone, rachis, spinal column, spine, vertebral column

the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord

Example Sentences:
'the fall broke his back'

6. back, binding, book binding, cover

the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book

Example Sentences:
'the book had a leather binding'

7. back

the part of a garment that covers the back of your body

Example Sentences:
'they pinned a kick me' sign on his back'

8. back, backrest

a support that you can lean against while sitting

Example Sentences:
'the back of the dental chair was adjustable'

9. back

(American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage


10. back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support

be behind; approve of

Example Sentences:
'He plumped for the Labor Party'
'I backed Kennedy in 1960'

11. back

travel backward

Example Sentences:
'back into the driveway'
'The car backed up and hit the tree'

12. back, endorse, indorse, second

give support or one's approval to

Example Sentences:
'I'll second that motion'
'I can't back this plan'
'endorse a new project'

13. back

cause to travel backward

Example Sentences:
'back the car into the parking spot'

14. back

support financial backing for

Example Sentences:
'back this enterprise'

15. back

be in back of

Example Sentences:
'My garage backs their yard'

16. back, bet on, gage, game, punt, stake

place a bet on

Example Sentences:
'Which horse are you backing?'
'I'm betting on the new horse'

17. back

shift to a counterclockwise direction

Example Sentences:
'the wind backed'

18. back, back up

establish as valid or genuine

Example Sentences:
'Can you back up your claims?'

19. back

strengthen by providing with a back or backing


20. back

related to or located at the back

Example Sentences:
'the back yard'
'the back entrance'

21. back, hind, hinder

located at or near the back of an animal

Example Sentences:
'back (or hind) legs'
'the hinder part of a carcass'

22. back

of an earlier date

Example Sentences:
'back issues of the magazine'


23. back

in or to or toward a former location

Example Sentences:
'she went back to her parents' house'

24. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards

at or to or toward the back or rear

Example Sentences:
'he moved back'
'tripped when he stepped backward'
'she looked rearward out the window of the car'

25. back

in or to or toward an original condition

Example Sentences:
'he went back to sleep'

26. back, backward

in or to or toward a past time

Example Sentences:
'set the clocks back an hour'
'never look back'
'lovers of the past looking fondly backward'

27. back

in reply

Example Sentences:
'he wrote back three days later'

28. back

in repayment or retaliation

Example Sentences:
'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 Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of back
the posterior part of the human body, extending from the neck to the pelvis
▶ Related adjective: dorsal
the corresponding or upper part of an animal
the spinal column
the part or side of an object opposite the front
the part or side of anything less often seen or used
the back of a carpet
the back of a knife
the part or side of anything that is furthest from the front or from a spectator
the back of the stage
the convex part of something
the back of a hill
the back of a ship
something that supports, covers, or strengthens the rear of an object
9. ball games
a mainly defensive player behind a forward
the position of such a player
the part of a book to which the pages are glued or that joins the covers
11. mining
the side of a passage or layer nearest the surface
the earth between that level and the next
the upper surface of a joist, rafter, slate, tile, etc, when in position
Compare bed (sense 13)
13.  at one's back
14.  at the back of one's mind
15.  behind one's back
16.  break one's back
17.  break the back of
18.  on one's back
19.  get off someone's back
20.  have on one's back
21.  on someone's back
22.  put one's back into
23.  put someone's back up
24.  see the back of
25.  back of beyond
26.  turn one's back on
27.  with one's back to the wall
verb (mainly tr)
28. (also intr)
to move or cause to move backwards
to provide support, money, or encouragement for (a person, enterprise, etc)
to bet on the success of
to back a horse
to provide with a back, backing, or lining
to provide with a music accompaniment
a soloist backed by an orchestra
to provide a background for; be at the back of
mountains back the town
to countersign or endorse
35. archaic
to mount the back of
36. (intr; foll by on or onto)
to have the back facing (towards)
the house backs onto a river
37. (intransitive)
(of the wind) to change direction in an anticlockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and a clockwise direction in the southern
veer (sense 3a)
38. nautical
to position (a sail) so that the wind presses on its opposite side
39.  back and fill
adjective (prenominal)
situated behind
a back lane
of the past
back issues of a magazine
owing from an earlier date
back rent
43. mainly US, Australian and New Zealand
back country
(of a road) not direct
moving in a backward direction
back current
46. phonetics
of, relating to, or denoting a vowel articulated with the tongue retracted towards the soft palate, as for the vowels in English hard, fall, hot, full, fool
at, to, or towards the rear; away from something considered to be the front; backwards; behind
in, to, or towards the original starting point, place, or condition
to go back home
put the book back
my headache has come back
in or into the past
to look back on one's childhood
in reply, repayment, or retaliation
to hit someone back
pay back a debt
to answer back
in check
the dam holds back the water
in concealment; in reserve
to keep something back
to hold back information
53.  back and forth
54.  back to front
a large tub or vat, esp one used by brewers

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see synonyms of back
river in N Canada, flowing northeast into the Arctic Ocean: c. 600 mi (966 km)
the part of the body opposite to the front; in humans and many other animals, the part to the rear or top reaching from the nape of the neck to the end of the spine
the backbone or spine
the part of a chair that supports one's back
the part of a garment or harness that fits on the back of a person or animal
physical strength
put some back into the work
the rear or hinder part of anything; part behind or opposite the front
the back of the room, the back of his leg
the part or side of anything that is less often used, seen, etc.
the back of the hand; the back of a carpet, textile, etc.; the back of a knife
the part of a book where the sections are sewed or glued together; part covered by the spine
the spine of a book
9.  Mining
the roof or overhead part of an underground passage
10.  Sport
a player positioned behind many of his or her teammates, as a running back in football or a halfback in soccer
at the rear or back; behind
distant or remote
back country
of or for a time in the past
a back copy of a newspaper, back pay
in a backward direction; returning; reversed
a back step
15.  Phonetics
articulated with the tongue toward the back of the mouth
said of certain vowels, as (o̅o) in cool
at, to, or toward the rear; backward
to or toward a former position or location
into or toward a previous condition
to or toward an earlier time
so as to keep in reserve or concealment
to hold back information
in return or requital
to pay someone back
verb transitive
to cause to move backward, or to the rear
often with up
to be at the back of; stand behind
to support or help, as with money, endorsement, etc.
to make a wager in support of; bet on
to get on the back of; mount
to provide with a back or backing
to form the back of
to sign on the back; endorse
to provide security for (a currency, loan, etc.)
verb intransitive
to move or go backward
to back into a room
to move (into a desired position) through the faulty performance of an opponent
to back into a championship
to have the back in a certain place or direction
the house backs on a lake
33.  Meteorology
to shift counterclockwise (in the Northern Hemisphere)
said of the changing direction of a wind see also veer1 (sense 3)
a vat or tub used in certain industrial processes

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of back
1. To move backward: backed out of the garage.
2. To shift to a counterclockwise direction. Used of the wind.
1. Located or placed in the rear: Deliveries should be made at the back entrance.
2. Distant from a center of activity; remote.
3. Of a past date; not current: a back issue of a periodical.
4. Being owed or due from an earlier time; in arrears: back pay.
5. Being in a backward direction: a back step.
6. Linguistics Pronounced with the back of the tongue, as oo in cool. Used of vowels.
1. At, to, or toward the rear or back.
2. In, to, or toward a former location: went back for the class reunion.
3. In, to, or toward a former condition: When the spell broke, the prince turned back into a frog.
4. In, to, or toward a past time: This story goes back to the 1920s.
5. In reserve or concealment: We kept back some money for emergencies.
6. In check or under restraint: Barriers held the crowd back.
7. In reply or return: emailed back that he would be late.
A shallow vat or tub used chiefly by brewers.
a. The part of the trunk of the human body along and to the sides of the spine between the neck and the pelvis; the dorsum.
b. The analogous dorsal region in other animals.
2. The backbone or spine.
3. The part or area farthest from the front.
4. The part opposite to or behind that adapted for view or use: the back of the hand; wrote on the back of the photograph.
5. The reverse side, as of a coin.
6. A part that supports or strengthens from the rear: the back of a couch.
a. The part of a book where the pages are stitched or glued together into the binding.
b. The binding itself.
8. Sports
a. A player who takes a position behind the front line of other players in certain games, such as football and soccer.
b. In swimming, backstroke.
v. backed, back·ing, backs
1. To cause to move backward or in a reverse direction: Back the car up and then make the turn.
2. To furnish or strengthen with a back or backing.
a. To provide with financial or material support: Unions backed the pro-labor candidate.
b. To lend moral support to, as by corroborating a claim. Often used with up: I'm not comfortable filing a complaint if you won't back me up.
c. To be in favor of; endorse or advocate: backed the reform proposal. See Synonyms at support.
4. To provide with musical accompaniment. Often used with up.
5. To bet or wager on.
6. To adduce evidence in support of; substantiate: backed the argument with facts.
7. To form the back or background of: Snowcapped mountains back the village.

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