What is the meaning of back?


  • The posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine.
    • usage: "his back was nicely tanned"
  • The side that goes last or is not normally seen.
    • usage: "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
  • The part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer.
    • usage: "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden in the rear of the store"
  • Football) a person who plays in the backfield. (
  • The series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord.
    • usage: "the fall broke his back"
  • The protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book.
    • usage: "the book had a leather binding"
  • The part of a garment that covers the back of your body.
    • usage: "they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back"
  • A support that you can lean against while sitting.
    • usage: "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
  • American football. ( the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage)


  • Be behind; approve of.
    • usage: "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
  • Travel backward.
    • usage: "back into the driveway"; "The car backed up and hit the tree"
  • Give support or one's approval to.
    • usage: "I'll second that motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project"
  • Cause to travel backward.
    • usage: "back the car into the parking spot"
  • Support financial backing for.
    • usage: "back this enterprise"
  • Be in back of.
    • usage: "My garage backs their yard"
  • Place a bet on.
    • usage: "Which horse are you backing"; "I'm betting on the new horse"
  • Shift to a counterclockwise direction.
    • usage: "the wind backed"
  • Establish as valid or genuine.
    • usage: "Can you back up your claims"
  • Strengthen by providing with a back or backing.


  • Related to or located at the back.
    • usage: "the back yard"; "the back entrance"
  • Located at or near the back of an animal.
    • usage: "back (or hind) legs"; "the hinder part of a carcass"
  • Of an earlier date.
    • usage: "back issues of the magazine"


  • In or to or toward a former location.
    • usage: "she went back to her parents' house"
  • At or to or toward the back or rear.
    • usage: "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
  • In or to or toward an original condition.
    • usage: "he went back to sleep"
  • In or to or toward a past time.
    • usage: "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
  • In reply.
    • usage: "he wrote back three days later"
  • In repayment or retaliation.
    • usage: "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"
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APAWordNet. (2010). back. Retrieved September 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/back/definitions/1168875
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "back" http://smartdefine.org/back/definitions/1168875 (accessed September 25, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, back, Smart Define, viewed 25 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/back/definitions/1168875>.
MLAWordNet. "back" 23 October 2010. Web. 25 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/back/definitions/1168875>
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