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Back appears in many tongue twisters:

  • black back bat
  • Broken back brake block
  • My back black brake blocks are broken.
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Back appears in many pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy. (33 letters)
  • The judge quickly gave back six prizes to the women. (42 letters)
  • Six of the women quietly gave back prizes to the judge. (44 letters)
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Back appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • A buck cabs back, Cuba.
  • Yes, Mark, cable to hotel: "Back, Ramsey!"
  • Pure papist never, often I back Cabinet for events I paper up.
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Usage statistics for the noun back:

spoken English57.59%written English42.41% conversational speech62.89%task-oriented speech37.11% imaginative writing76.02%informational writing23.98%
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Back is sometimes a misspelling of bake, beg, dark or douche.

The word back is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun back

What does back mean as a name of something?

Back is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: backs

  1. the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
    • example: his back was nicely tanned
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of back: dorsum
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • part of: body / torso / trunk = the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
    • parts:
  2. the side that goes last or is not normally seen
  3. the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
    • example: he stood at the back of the stage
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of back: rear
    • antonym of back: front
    • more generic words: place / position = the particular portion of space occupied by something
  4. (American football) a person who plays in the backfield
  5. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
  6. the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
  7. the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
    • example: they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: cloth covering = a covering made of cloth
  8. a support that you can lean against while sitting
    • example: the back of the dental chair was adjustable
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of back: backrest
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • more specific words:
      • cantle = the back of a saddle seat
      • ladder-back = the backrest of a chair that consists of two uprights with connecting slats
    • part of: car seat = a seat in a car; chair = a seat for one person, with a support for the back
  9. (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
    • domain: American football / American football game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: position = the role assigned to an individual player
    • more specific terms:
      • line backer / linebacker = the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage
      • field general / signal caller / quarterback = the position of the football player in the backfield who directs the offensive play of his team
      • fullback = an offensive position in the backfield
      • halfback = an offensive back usually positioned behind the quarterback and to the side of the fullback
      • tailback = the position of the offensive back on a football team who lines up farthest from the line of scrimmage
      • wingback = the position of the offensive back who lines up behind or outside the end
    • member of: backfield = the offensive football players who line up behind the linemen; secondary = the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen

Alternative definition of the noun back

noun

  1. The rear of body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
  2. The spine and associated tissues.
  3. The side of any object which is opposite the front or useful side.
  4. The reverse side; the side that is not normally seen.
  5. That which is farthest away from the front.
  6. Area behind, such as the backyard of a house
  7. The part of something that goes last.
  8. The side of a blade opposite the side used for cutting.
  9. The part of a piece of clothing which covers the back.
  10. The edge of a book which is bound.
  11. The backrest, the part of a piece of furniture which receives the human back.
  12. [figuratively] Upper part of a natural object which is considered to resemble an animal's back.
  13. [obsolete] That part of the body that bears clothing.
  14. [sports] In some team sports, a position behind most players on the team.
  15. [nautical] The keel and keelson of a ship.
  16. [printing] The inside margin of a page.
  17. [mining] The roof of a horizontal underground passage.
  18. [slang, uncountable] Effort, usually physical.
  19. [slang, uncountable] Large and attractive buttocks.
  20. A non-alcoholic drink (often water or a soft drink), to go with hard liquor or a cocktail.

Specialised definition of the noun back

Glossary of sports

the part of the body from the neck downwards to the waist, consisting of the spine and the bones attached to it (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the side that is opposite to the front o dorsum (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

player in sports such as football or hockey whose role is mainly to prevent the other team from scoring to bet money on the person, team or animal thought likely to win a race or competition (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / archery

the part of the bow handle that faces the target when the archer is shooting (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the side of the bow farthest from the archer

Glossary of sports / rugby league

any of the seven players who do not participate in the scrum (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / rugby union

one of the players usually numbered 9 through 15. Except for the scrumhalf, backs don't take part in scrums or lineouts

Glossary of sports / soccer

a player whose duties are mainly defensive (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a defender

Definition of the adjective back

What does back mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: backer |

  1. related to or located at the back
  2. located at or near the back of an animal
    • example: back (or hind) legs
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonyms of back: hind / hinder
    • similar: posterior
  3. of an earlier date
    • example: back issues of the magazine
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: noncurrent

Alternative definition of the adjective back

adjective

  1. Near the rear.
  2. Not current.
  3. Far from the main area.
  4. [comparable] [phonetics] Produced in the back of the mouth.

Definition of the adverb back

What does back mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?

adverb

  1. in or to or toward a former location
    • example: she went back to her parents' house
  2. at or to or toward the back or rear
  3. in or to or toward an original condition
    • example: he went back to sleep
  4. in or to or toward a past time
    • examples: set the clocks back an hour | never look back
    • synonym of back: backward
    • antonym of back: ahead
  5. in reply
    • example: he wrote back three days later
  6. in repayment or retaliation
    • examples: 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

Alternative definition of the adverb back

adverb

  1. [not comparable] To or in a previous condition or place.
  2. Away from the front or from an edge.
  3. In a manner that impedes.
  4. In a reciprocal manner.

Definition of the verb back

What does back mean as a doing word?

Back is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: backed | backing | backs

  1. be behind; approve of
  2. travel backward
    • examples: back into the driveway | The car backed up and hit the tree
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
    • more specific term: back out = move out of a space backwards
  3. give support or one's approval to
    • example: I can't back this plan
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of back: endorse / indorse / second
    • more generic terms: back up / support = give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
  4. cause to travel backward
    • example: back the car into the parking spot
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • antonym: advance
  5. support financial backing for
    • examples: back this enterprise | Sam and Sue back the movie
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: finance = obtain or provide money for
  6. be in back of
    • example: My garage backs their yard
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • antonym: front
    • more generic word: lie = be located or situated somewhere
  7. place a bet on
    • example: Which horse are you backing?
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of back: bet on / gage / game / punt / stake
    • more generic words: bet / play / wager = stake on the outcome of an issue
    • more specific terms:
  8. shift to a counterclockwise direction
    • example: the wind backed
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: veer
    • more generic terms: change over / shift / switch = make a shift in or exchange of
  9. establish as valid or genuine
  10. strengthen by providing with a back or backing
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: strengthen = gain strength

Place

Back is a district and a village on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, situated on a coastal area known as Loch a'Tuath, or Broad Bay.

Music

  1. "Back" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country rap artist Colt Ford. It is a duet with Jake Owen, and the second single from Ford's fourth studio album, Declaration of Independence.
  2. "Back" is a musical album of Bad Boys Blue.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  3. "Back" is the name of a studio album by country music singer Lynn Anderson, released in 1983.
  4. "Back" is a musical EP of Ben Klock.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  5. "Back" is a musical album of Markus Nikolai.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  6. "Back" is a musical single of Jan Pravda.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  7. "Back" is a musical EP of Dawn Back.
    • released on
  8. "Back" is a musical album of Sequel.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  9. "Back" a.k.a. "Back!" is a musical album of Silent Circle.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  10. "Back" is a musical album of Toxic Skunk.
  11. "Back" is a musical album of Richard Cameron.
    • released in (11 years ago)

Writings

"Back" is a novel written by British writer Henry Green and published in 1946.

  • also known as "Back: a novel"
  • language: English Language
  • released in (69 years ago)

Films

  1. "Back" is a 2009 drama film written by Dean Widenmann and directed by Mark Pellington.
  2. "Back" a.k.a. "Torna!" is a film directed by Raffaello Matarazzo released on March 31, 1954.
  3. "Back" is a 2011 animated short film written and directed by Jean Bouthors.

Miscellanea

  1. Back: The human back is the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders. It is the surface opposite to the chest, its height being defined by the vertebral column and its breadth being supported by the ribcage and shoulders. The spinal canal runs through the spine and provides nerves to the rest of the body.
    • also known as Human Back
  2. The back describes the area of horse anatomy where the saddle goes, and in popular usage extends to include the loin or lumbar region behind the thoracic vertebrae that also is crucial to a horse's weight-carrying ability. These two sections of the vertebral column beginning at the withers, the start of the thoracic vertebrae, and extend to the last lumbar vertebra. Because horses are ridden by humans, the strength and structure of the horse's back is critical to the animal's usefulness.
  3. Back is a small lunar impact crater that is located near the eastern limb of the Moon. It lies on the northwest edge of the Mare Smythii, and the northeast rim is adjacent to the crater Schubert. To the west is Jenkins, and to the southwest is the Weierstrass–Van Vleck crater pair.
    • also known as 貝克環形山

Phrases with Back

Phrases starting with the word Back:

  1. BACK-
  2. Back in
  3. back up
  4. back end
  5. back off
  6. back out
  7. Back Row
  8. back saw
  9. Back-Bit
  10. back-end

Phrases ending with the word Back:

  1. go back
  2. to back
  3. buy back
  4. cut back
  5. die back
  6. get back
  7. Hit Back
  8. Lie Back
  9. pay back
  10. Peg Back

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Back

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Google previewThe Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (2005)

by Gary Null

Unfortunately, this advance had a price attached: It heralded the beginning of human back and neck pain. Studies have shown that even ancient civilations, such as the Egyptians, were plagued by these pains; in fact, they devised forms of ...

Google previewDictionary of Water and Waste Management (2005)

by Paul G Smith

back corona A local discharge of current in an electrostatic precipitator caused by the layer of fly ash. backdrop, drop connection, d. inlet, d. manhole, sewer chimney, tumbling bay A connection from ...

Google previewThe Complete English–Maori Dictionary (2012)

by Bruce Biggs

back angaangamate, angamate, kookai,tua, tuaiwi,tuaraa. back, lower part ofthetiki.

Google previewDictionary of Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Processing (2013)

by Alireza Bahadori, Chikezie Nwaoha, Malcolm William Clark

Back Flushing: Reverse flow of a fluid, usually in a well treatment or injection well , where the flow from the reservoir to the wellbore, often at high drawdown, is used to clean fluids and shallow particulate damages from the near-wellbore area.

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

backscatter — Refers to a portion of the laser energy that is scattered back in the direction of the seeker by an obscurant. See also laser. (JP 3-09.1) back-scattering — Radio wave propagation in which the direction of the incident ...

Google previewDictionary of Optometry and Visual Science (2014)

by Michel Millodot

macular degeneration spectacle accommodation astigmatism adenosine triphosphate arteriole–venule crossing Brightness Acuity Tester base curve; back central radius BCOD back central optic diameter BCOR back central optic radius BD ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

BACK DOOR: A means of access to a computer program that bypasses security mechanisms, sometimes installed by a programmer so that the program can be accessed for troubleshooting or other purposes; however, attackers often use back ...

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Usage statistics about back

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun back:

spoken English57.59%written English42.41% conversational speech62.89%task-oriented speech37.11% imaginative writing76.02%informational writing23.98%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun back:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the noun back and its most common antonym:

frontback

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb back:

stakesecondendorsebacksupport

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb back and its most common antonyms:

advanceback frontback veerback

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Quotes about Back

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. (James Thurber)
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Scrabble value of B3A1C3K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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