|1.||[ adverb ] in or to or toward a former location|
"she went back to her parents' house"
|2.||[ noun ] (zoology) the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine|
"his back was nicely tanned"
|Related terms:||body_part torso latisimus_dorsi small dorsal_vertebra lumbar_vertebra dorsal_vertebra saddle|
|3.||[ adverb ] at or to or toward or the back or rear|
|Synonyms:||backward rearward backwards rearwards|
"he moved back" "tripped when he stepped backward" "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
|4.||[ adverb ] in or to or toward an original condition|
"he went back to sleep"
|5.||[ adjective ] related to or located at the back|
"the back yard" "the back entrance"
|Related terms:||front backmost rear posterior aft|
|6.||[ adverb ] in or to or toward a past time|
"set the clocks back an hour" "never look back" "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
|Related terms:||ahead ahead|
|7.||[ adverb ] in answer|
"he wrote back three days later" "had little to say in reply to the questions"
|8.||[ noun ] the side that goes last or is not normally seen|
"he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
|Related terms:||front side stern tail|
|9.||[ verb ] be behind; approve of|
|Synonyms:||support endorse indorse plump_for plunk_for|
"He plumped for the Labor Party" "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
|Related terms:||approve champion guarantee side second backing endorsement endorsement subscriber|
|10.||[ verb ] travel backward|
"back into the driveway" "The car backed up and hit the tree"
|Related terms:||travel back_out back_up back_up back_up back_out|
|11.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||front position|
|12.||[ verb ] give support or one's blessing to|
|Synonyms:||endorse indorse second|
"I'll second that motion" "I can't back this plan" "endorse a new project"
|Related terms:||support backing endorsement seconder subscriber second|
|13.||[ verb ] cause to travel backward|
"back the car into the parking spot"
|14.||[ verb ] (finance) support financial backing for|
"back this enterprise"
|Related terms:||finance angel|
|15.||[ adjective ] located at or near the back of an animal|
"back (or hind) legs" "the hinder part of a carcass"
|16.||[ adverb ] 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"
|17.||[ verb ] be in back of|
"My garage backs their yard"
|Related terms:||front lie lie rear|
|18.||[ noun ] (football) a person who plays in the backfield|
|Related terms:||football_player halfback quarterback fullback tailback wingback running_back flanker football|
|19.||[ noun ] the front and back covering of a book|
|Synonyms:||cover book_binding binding|
"the book had a leather binding"
|Related terms:||protective_covering half_binding three-quarter_binding book cover bind|
|20.||[ adjective ] of an earlier date|
"back issues of the magazine"
|21.||[ verb ] establish as valid or genuine|
"Can you substantiate your claims?"
|Related terms:||confirm reinforce vouch|
|22.||[ verb ] strengthen by providing with a back or backing|
|Related terms:||strengthen binding|
|23.||[ noun ] a support that you can lean against while sitting|
"the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
|Related terms:||support cantle ladder-back chair car_seat|
|24.||[ verb ] (games) place a bet on|
|Synonyms:||bet_on stake game punt gage|
"Which horse are you backing?" "I'm betting on the new horse"
|Related terms:||bet parlay ante bettor|
|25.||[ verb ] shift to a counterclockwise direction, of the wind|
|Related terms:||veer switch|
|26.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 3655|
|27.||[ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord|
|Synonyms:||spine vertebral_column backbone rachis spinal_column|
"the fall broke his back"
|Related terms:||skeletal_structure notochord chine axial_skeleton vertebra coccyx intervertebral_disc spinal_canal|
|28.||[ noun ] the part of a garment that covers your back|
"they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back"
|29.||[ noun ] (sport,american football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage|
|Related terms:||position fullback halfback tailback wingback line_backer quarterback secondary backfield American_football|