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Definition of "back" []

  • The posterior portion of the trunk of the human body between the neck and the pelvis; the dorsum. (noun)
  • The analogous dorsal region in other animals. (noun)
  • The backbone or spine. (noun)
  • The part or area farthest from the front. (noun)
  • The part opposite to or behind that adapted for view or use: the back of the hand; wrote on the back of the photograph. (noun)
  • The posterior part of the human body, extending from the neck to the pelvis (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The corresponding or upper part of an animal (noun)
  • The spinal column (noun)
  • The part or side of an object opposite the front (noun)
  • The part or side of anything less often seen or used (noun)
  • The part or side of anything that is furthest from the front or from a spectator (noun)
  • The convex part of something (noun)
  • Something that supports, covers, or strengthens the rear of an object (noun)
  • A mainly defensive player behind a forward (noun)
  • The position of such a player (noun)
  • The part of a book to which the pages are glued or that joins the covers (noun)
  • The side of a passage or layer nearest the surface (noun)
  • The earth between that level and the next (noun)
  • The upper surface of a joist, rafter, slate, tile, etc, when in position (noun)
  • To move or cause to move backwards (verb)
  • To provide support, money, or encouragement for (a person, enterprise, etc) (verb)
  • To bet on the success of (verb)
  • To provide with a back, backing, or lining (verb)
  • To provide with a music accompaniment (verb)
  • To provide a background for; be at the back of (verb)
  • To countersign or endorse (verb)
  • To mount the back of (verb)
  • To have the back facing (towards) (verb)
  • (of the wind) to change direction in an anticlockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and a clockwise direction in the southern (verb)
  • To position (a sail) so that the wind presses on its opposite side (verb)
  • Situated behind (adjective)
  • Of the past (adjective)
  • Owing from an earlier date (adjective)
  • Remote (adjective)
  • (of a road) not direct (adjective)
  • Moving in a backward direction (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or denoting a vowel articulated with the tongue retracted towards the soft palate, as for the vowels in English hard, fall, hot, full, fool (adjective)
  • At, to, or towards the rear; away from something considered to be the front; backwards; behind (adverb)
  • In, to, or towards the original starting point, place, or condition (adverb)
  • In or into the past (adverb)
  • In reply, repayment, or retaliation (adverb)
  • In check (adverb)
  • In concealment; in reserve (adverb)

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Use "back" in a sentence
  • "'We will take New Orleans back' yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = '\'We will take New Orleans back\' '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: Two years after Katrina tore through the mouth of the Mississippi, a New Orleans parent, after running an obstacle course that can take many months, is only sometimes able to place his or her child in a school. '"
  • "The warm atmosphere radiates some of its energy back down to earth – this latter is sometimes termed “back radiation”."
  • "It took all of me to hold back the tears when my dad told me to find him and bring him back…"