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Meaning of BACK

Pronunciation:  bak

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

BACK is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: back up, backbone, backrest, backward, backwards, bet on, binding, book binding, cover, dorsum, endorse, gage, game, in reply, plump for, plunk for, punt, rachis, rear, rear, rearward, rearwards, spinal column, spine, stake, support, vertebral column
 Antonyms: advance, ahead, bring forward, face, forrad, forrard, forward, forwards, front, front, front, frontward, frontwards, look, veer
 See Also: affirm, after part, ante, approve, axial skeleton, back down, back off, back out, back up, back up, backfield, bet, body, body part, book, canalis vertebralis, cantle, car seat, chair, champion, change over, chine, cloth covering, coccyx, confirm, corroborate, defend, dorsal vertebra, double up, empennage, field general, field general, finance, flanker, flankerback, football player, footballer, fullback, go, guarantee, half binding, halfback, intervertebral disc, intervertebral disk, ladder-back, lat, latisimus dorsi, lie, line backer, linebacker, locomote, lumbar vertebra, move, notochord, O.K., okay, parlay, place, play, poop, position, position, protection, protective cover, protective covering, pull, quarter, quarterback, quarterback, root, running back, saddle, sanction, secondary, shift, side, side, signal caller, signal caller, skeletal structure, small, spinal canal, stern, strengthen, substantiate, support, support, sustain, switch, tail, tail assembly, tail bone, tailback, tailback, thoracic vertebra, three-quarter binding, torso, travel, trunk, vertebra, vertebral canal, volume, wager, warrant, wingback, wingback



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Back\, n. [F. bac: cf. Arm. 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.
  2. \Back\, n. [As b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak,
    Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b?g?
    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.
              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 or lie on one's back}, to be helpless.
    {To put}, {or 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.
  3. \Back\, a.
    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 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
    {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
    {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.
  4. \Back\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Backed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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
    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. ``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
    {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
  5. \Back\, v. i.
    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. )
  6. \Back\, adv. [Shortened from aback.]
    1. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step
    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. xxvii.
    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
    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 back0 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.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of your back, represents your attitudes, strengths, burdens and stance in the world. It may also relate to stress and pressure that someone is putting on you. Dreaming of a naked back in your dream, symbolizes secrets that you may have kept from others or aspects of yourself that you have kept hidden and shielded away. Consider the pun, "watch your back!"; this dream may be telling you to do just that. Traditionally, seeing a back in your dream, forewarns that you should not lend money to anyone. In particular, lending money to friends will cause a rift in your relationship. Dreaming of a person turn their back on you means that you will be deeply hurt as a result of envy and jealousy.
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