back meaning

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A man's back
A man's back

    Definition of back in English Dictionary

  • NounPLbacksPREback-
    1. The rear of the body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
      1. Could you please scratch my back? ‎
      2. I hurt my back lifting those crates. ‎
      3. He got his hand on her behind and caressed her firm, ample flesh. [ …] "You got some back on you, girl."
      4. I still need to finish the back of your dress. ‎
      5. Can you fix the back of this chair? ‎
      6. Do thou but think / What 'tis to cram a maw or clothe a back / From such a filthy vice
    2. That which is farthest away from the front.
      1. He sat in the back of the room. ‎
      2. Turn the book over and look at the back. ‎
      3. The titles are printed on the backs of the books. ‎
      4. Convenience and custom have familiarised us to the printed page being a little higher than the middle of the leaf, and to its having a little more margin at the fore edge than in the back.
      5. Tap it with the back of your knife. ‎
      6. I hung the clothes on the back of the door. ‎
      7. We'll meet out in the back of the library. ‎
      8. The car was near the back of the train. ‎
      9. The backs were lined up in an I formation. ‎
    3. (figuratively) Upper part of a natural object which is considered to resemble an animal's back.
      1. The small boat raced over the backs of the waves. ‎
    4. A support or resource in reserve.
      1. (nautical) The keel and keelson of a ship.
        1. The ship's back broke in the pounding surf. ‎
      2. (mining) The roof of a horizontal underground passage.
        1. The stope is kept full of broken ore, sufficient only being drawn to leave a working space between the floor of broken ore and the back of the stope.
      3. SLA NU Effort, usually physical.
        1. Put some back into it! ‎
      4. A non-alcoholic drink (often water or a soft drink), to go with hard liquor or a cocktail.
        1. Could I get a martini with a water back? ‎
      5. Among leather dealers, one of the thickest and stoutest tanned hides.
        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.
          1. A ferryboat.
          2. VerbSGbacksPRbackingPT, PPbacked
            1. VI To go in the reverse direction.
              1. the train backed into the station;  the horse refuses to back
            2. VT To support.
              1. I back you all the way;  which horse are you backing in this race? ‎
            3. (nautical, of the wind) To change direction contrary to the normal pattern; that is, to shift anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere, or clockwise in the southern hemisphere.
              1. (nautical, of a square sail) To brace the yards so that the wind presses on the front of the sail, to slow the ship.
                1. (nautical, of an anchor) To lay out a second, smaller anchor to provide additional holding power.
                  1. (Britain, of a hunting dog) To stand still behind another dog which has pointed.
                    1. VT To push or force backwards.
                      1. to back oxen
                      2. The mugger backed her into a corner and demanded her wallet. ‎
                    2. VT OBS To get upon the back of; to mount.
                      1. VT OBS To place or seat upon the back.
                        1. To make a back for; to furnish with a back.
                          1. to back books
                        2. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
                          1. To write upon the back of, possibly as an endorsement.
                            1. to back a letter;  to back a note or legal document
                          2. (law, of a justice of the peace) To sign or endorse (a warrant, issued in another county, to apprehend an offender).
                            1. To row backward with (oars).
                              1. to back the oars
                          3. AdjectiveCOMmore backCOMfurther backSUPmost backSUPfurthest back
                            1. (not comparable) Near the rear.
                              1. Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
                            2. (not comparable) Not current.
                              1. I’d like to find a back issue of that magazine. ‎
                            3. (not comparable) Far from the main area.
                              1. They took a back road. ‎
                            4. In arrear; overdue.
                              1. back rent
                            5. Moving or operating backward.
                              1. back action
                            6. (comparable, phonetics) Produced in the back of the mouth.
                              1. "U" in "rude" is a back vowel. ‎
                          4. AdverbCOMmore backCOMfurther backSUPmost backSUPfurthest back
                            1. (not comparable) To or in a previous condition or place.
                              1. We drove back to the office with some concern on my part at the prospect of so large a case. Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.
                            2. Away from the front or from an edge.
                              1. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned, [ …] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights. 'Twas the house I'd seen the roof of from the beach.
                            3. In a manner that impedes.
                              1. Fear held him back. ‎
                            4. In a reciprocal manner.
                              1. If you hurt me, I'll hurt you back. ‎
                          5. More Examples
                            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                              • Perhaps we should step back for a second and think about solving this problem a different way.
                              • Fly ball to deep center. Shelby goes back and makes the catch on the warning track.
                              • An' every blessed minute I stannin' there, can't I hear that ole Miz Blatch nex' do', out in her back yod an' her front yod, an' plum out in the street, hollerin': 'Kitty?
                            2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                              • Back up the car a little, you're blocking the driveway. ‎
                              • Back in the day, guys came here to be a part of a dynamic scene — they moshed, smoked, maybe got konked on the head with a beer can.
                              • Back up your documents folder before applying the update. ‎
                            3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                              • John, my ex-boyfriend, said he wanted to see me again, so I told him how much I wanted him in an effort to win him back.
                              • The crowd had to run away from the burning structure with only the clothes on their backs.
                              • An American circus-goer, gazing at the tattooed man in the sideshow, relives his own past of untold centuries back.
                          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                            1. Adjectives
                              • Adverbs
                                • Nouns
                                  • Countable nouns
                                    • Singularia tantum
                                      • Uncountable nouns
                                    • Verbs
                                      • Ergative verbs
                                        • Intransitive verbs
                                          • Transitive verbs
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                                        Source: Wiktionary

                                        Meaning of back for the defined word.

                                        Grammatically, this word "back" is an adjective. It's also an adverb. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, an ergative verb, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
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