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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Back \Back\ (b[a^]k), noun [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.]

1. 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.

2. An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.

[The mountains] their broad bare backs upheave Into the clouds. --Milton.

3. 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.

Methought Love pitying me, when he saw this, Gave me your hands, the backs and palms to kiss. --Donne.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.

7. A support or resource in reserve.

This project Should have a back or second, that might hold, If this should blast in proof. --Shak.

8. (Naut.) The keel and keelson of a ship.

9. (Mining) The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.

10. A garment for the back; hence, clothing. [Obs.]

A bak to walken inne by daylight. --Chaucer.

{Behind one's back}, when one is absent; without one's knowledge; as, to ridicule a person behind his back.

{Full back}, {Half back}, {Quarter back} (Football), players stationed behind those in the front line.

{To be on one's back} or {To lie on one's back}, to be helpless.

{To put one's back up} or {to get one's back up}, to assume an attitude of obstinate resistance (from the action of a cat when attacked). [Colloq.]

{To see the back of}, to get rid of.

{To turn the back}, to go away; to flee.

{To turn the back on one}, to forsake or neglect him.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Back \Back\, noun [F. bac: cf. Arm. bag, bak a bark, D. 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.

{Hop back}, {Jack back}, the cistern which receives the infusion of malt and hops from the copper.

{Wash back}, a vat in which distillers ferment the wort to form wash.

{Water back}, a cistern to hold a supply of water; esp. a small cistern at the back of a stove, or a group of pipes set in the fire box of a stove or furnace, through which water circulates and is heated.

2. A ferryboat. See {Bac}, 1.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Back \Back\ (b[a^]k), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Backed} (b[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Backing}.]

1. To get upon the back of; to mount.

I will back him [a horse] straight. --Shak.

2. To place or seat upon the back. [R.]

Great Jupiter, upon his eagle backed, Appeared to me. --Shak.

3. To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.

4. To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.

5. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.

A garden . . . with a vineyard backed. --Shak.

The chalk cliffs which back the beach. --Huxley.

6. To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.

7. To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend. "The Parliament would be backed by the people." --Macaulay.

Have still found it necessary to back and fortify their laws with rewards and punishments. --South.

The mate backed the captain manfully. --Blackw. Mag.

8. To bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse.

{To back an anchor} (Naut.), to lay down a small anchor ahead of a large one, the cable of the small one being fastened to the crown of the large one.

{To back the field}, in horse racing, to bet against a particular horse or horses, that some one of all the other horses, collectively designated "the field", will win.

{To back the oars}, to row backward with the oars.

{To back a rope}, to put on a preventer.

{To back the sails}, to arrange them so as to cause the ship to move astern.

{To back up}, to support; to sustain; as, to back up one's friends.

{To back a warrant} (Law), is for a justice of the peace, in the county where the warrant is to be executed, to sign or indorse a warrant, issued in another county, to apprehend an offender.

{To back water} (Naut.), to reverse the action of the oars, paddles, or propeller, so as to force the boat or ship backward.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Back \Back\, adjective

1. Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.

2. Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.

3. Moving or operating backward; as, back action.

{Back blocks}, Australian pastoral country which is remote from the seacoast or from a river. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Back charges}, charges brought forward after an account has been made up.

{Back filling} (Arch.), the mass of materials used in filling up the space between two walls, or between the inner and outer faces of a wall, or upon the haunches of an arch or vault.

{Back pressure}. (Steam Engine) See under {Pressure}.

{Back rest}, a guide attached to the slide rest of a lathe, and placed in contact with the work, to steady it in turning.

{Back slang}, a kind of slang in which every word is written or pronounced backwards; as, nam for man.

{Back stairs}, stairs in the back part of a house; private stairs. Also used adjectively. See {Back stairs}, {Backstairs}, and {Backstair}, in the Vocabulary.

{Back step} (Mil.), the retrograde movement of a man or body of men, without changing front.

{Back stream}, a current running against the main current of a stream; an eddy.

{To take the back track}, to retrace one's steps; to retreat. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Back \Back\, verb (used without an object)

1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.

2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; -- used of the wind.

3. (Sporting) To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; -- said of a dog. [Eng.]

{To back and fill}, to manage the sails of a ship so that the wind strikes them alternately in front and behind, in order to keep the ship in the middle of a river or channel while the current or tide carries the vessel against the wind. Hence: (Fig.) To take opposite positions alternately; to assert and deny. [Colloq.]

{To back out}, {To back down}, to retreat or withdraw from a promise, engagement, or contest; to recede. [Colloq.]

Cleon at first . . . was willing to go; but, finding that he [Nicias] was in earnest, he tried to back out. --Jowett (Thucyd. )

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Back \Back\, adverb [Shortened from aback.]

1. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back.

2. 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.

3. To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism.

4. (Of time) In times past; ago. "Sixty or seventy years back." --Gladstone.

5. Away from contact; by reverse movement.

The angel of the Lord . . . came, and rolled back the stone from the door. --Matt. xxviii. 2.

6. 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.

7. In a state of restraint or hindrance.

The Lord hath kept thee back from honor. --Numb. xxiv. 11.

8. In return, repayment, or requital.

What have I to give you back? --Shak.

9. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back the offensive words.

10. In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent. [Colloq.]

{Back and forth}, backwards and forwards; to and fro.

{To go back on}, to turn back from; to abandon; to betray; as, to go back on a friend; to go back on one's professions. [Colloq.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

back

adverb

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" [syn: {back}, {backward}, {backwards}, {rearward}, {rearwards}] [ant: {forrad}, {forrard}, {forward}, {forwards}, {frontward}, {frontwards}]

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" [syn: {back}, {backward}] [ant: {ahead}, {forward}]

5: in reply; "he wrote back three days later"

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"

adjective

1: related to or located at the back; "the back yard"; "the back entrance" [ant: {front(a)}]

2: located at or near the back of an animal; "back (or hind) legs"; "the hinder part of a carcass" [syn: {back(a)}, {hind(a)}, {hinder(a)}]

3: of an earlier date; "back issues of the magazine"

noun

1: the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; "his back was nicely tanned" [syn: {back}, {dorsum}]

2: the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph" [syn: {rear}, {back}] [ant: {front}]

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" [syn: {back}, {rear}] [ant: {front}]

4: (football) a person who plays in the backfield

5: the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back" [syn: {spinal column}, {vertebral column}, {spine}, {backbone}, {back}, {rachis}]

6: the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book; "the book had a leather binding" [syn: {binding}, {book binding}, {cover}, {back}]

7: the part of a garment that covers the back of your body; "they pinned a 'kick me' sign on his back"

8: a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable" [syn: {back}, {backrest}]

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

verb

1: be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960" [syn: {back}, {endorse}, {indorse}, {plump for}, {plunk for}, {support}]

2: travel backward; "back into the driveway"; "The car backed up and hit the tree"

3: give support or one's approval to; "I'll second that motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project" [syn: {second}, {back}, {endorse}, {indorse}]

4: cause to travel backward; "back the car into the parking spot" [ant: {advance}, {bring forward}]

5: support financial backing for; "back this enterprise"

6: be in back of; "My garage backs their yard" [ant: {face}, {front}, {look}]

7: place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse" [syn: {bet on}, {back}, {gage}, {stake}, {game}, {punt}]

8: shift to a counterclockwise direction; "the wind backed" [ant: {veer}]

9: establish as valid or genuine; "Can you back up your claims?" [syn: {back}, {back up}]

10: strengthen by providing with a back or backing

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