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Meaning & Definition of Back in English

English

Back

/bæk/

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"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • dorsum

2. The side that goes last or is not normally seen

  • "He wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
    synonym:
  • rear
  • ,
  • back

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"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • rear

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

    synonym:
  • back

5. The series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord

  • "The fall broke his back"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • back

8. A support that you can lean against while sitting

  • "The back of the dental chair was adjustable"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • backrest

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

    synonym:
  • back

verb

1. Be behind

  • Approve of
  • "He plumped for the labor party"
  • "I backed kennedy in 1960"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • endorse
  • ,
  • indorse
  • ,
  • plump for
  • ,
  • plunk for
  • ,
  • support

2. Travel backward

  • "Back into the driveway"
  • "The car backed up and hit the tree"
    synonym:
  • back

3. Give support or one's approval to

  • "I'll second that motion"
  • "I can't back this plan"
  • "Endorse a new project"
    synonym:
  • second
  • ,
  • back
  • ,
  • endorse
  • ,
  • indorse

4. Cause to travel backward

  • "Back the car into the parking spot"
    synonym:
  • back

5. Support financial backing for

  • "Back this enterprise"
    synonym:
  • back

6. Be in back of

  • "My garage backs their yard"
    synonym:
  • back

7. Place a bet on

  • "Which horse are you backing?"
  • "I'm betting on the new horse"
    synonym:
  • bet on
  • ,
  • back
  • ,
  • gage
  • ,
  • stake
  • ,
  • game
  • ,
  • punt

8. Shift to a counterclockwise direction

  • "The wind backed"
    synonym:
  • back

9. Establish as valid or genuine

  • "Can you back up your claims?"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • back up

10. Strengthen by providing with a back or backing

    synonym:
  • back

adjective

1. Related to or located at the back

  • "The back yard"
  • "The back entrance"
    synonym:
  • back(a)

2. Located at or near the back of an animal

  • "Back (or hind) legs"
  • "The hinder part of a carcass"
    synonym:
  • back(a)
  • ,
  • hind(a)
  • ,
  • hinder(a)

3. Of an earlier date

  • "Back issues of the magazine"
    synonym:
  • back(a)

adverb

1. In or to or toward a former location

  • "She went back to her parents' house"
    synonym:
  • back

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"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • backward
  • ,
  • backwards
  • ,
  • rearward
  • ,
  • rearwards

3. In or to or toward an original condition

  • "He went back to sleep"
    synonym:
  • back

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"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • backward

5. In reply

  • "He wrote back three days later"
    synonym:
  • back

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"
    synonym:
  • back

Examples of using

Get out of my life, and don't come back.
She sleeps on her back.
I'll be back in half an hour.