[ US /ˈbæk/ ]
[ UK /bˈæk/ ]
  1. (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
  2. the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
    they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back
  3. the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
    his back was nicely tanned
  4. the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
    the book had a leather binding
  5. the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
    it was hidden in the rear of the store
    he stood at the back of the stage
  6. the side that goes last or is not normally seen
    he wrote the date on the back of the photograph
  7. (football) a person who plays in the backfield
  8. a support that you can lean against while sitting
    the back of the dental chair was adjustable
  9. the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
    the fall broke his back
  1. support financial backing for
    back this enterprise
  2. place a bet on
    I'm betting on the new horse
    Which horse are you backing?
  3. shift to a counterclockwise direction
    the wind backed
  4. be in back of
    My garage backs their yard
  5. be behind; approve of
    He plumped for the Labor Party
    I backed Kennedy in 1960
  6. give support or one's approval to
    I'll second that motion
    I can't back this plan
    endorse a new project
  7. travel backward
    back into the driveway
    The car backed up and hit the tree
  8. strengthen by providing with a back or backing
  9. cause to travel backward
    back the car into the parking spot
  10. establish as valid or genuine
    Can you back up your claims?
  1. in repayment or retaliation
    I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher
    he hit me and I hit him back
    we paid back everything we had borrowed
  2. in or to or toward a former location
    she went back to her parents' house
  3. in reply
    he wrote back three days later
  4. in or to or toward a past time
    set the clocks back an hour
    never look back
    lovers of the past looking fondly backward
  5. at or to or toward the back or rear
    he moved back
    tripped when he stepped backward
    she looked rearward out the window of the car
  6. in or to or toward an original condition
    he went back to sleep
  1. of an earlier date
    back issues of the magazine
  2. related to or located at the back
    the back yard
    the back entrance
  3. located at or near the back of an animal
    back (or hind) legs
    the hinder part of a carcass
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How To Use back In A Sentence

  • Jeff, clad in board trunks and a T-shirt, leans back in his chair with the lappie on his, uhhh, lap, and his bare feet up on the desk. Savages
  • It would almost be better to have no backbench bills at all than the current system, which offers a false glimmer of hope. Times, Sunday Times
  • Some were members of Turkey's elite military class known as "pashas," a title of respect harking back to Ottoman military commanders Monday for allegedly planning to blow up mosques in order to trigger a military takeover and overthrow the WN.com - Photown News
  • Anybody who has tried to follow a rigorous diet will know how easy it is to lapse back into bad habits. Times, Sunday Times
  • Companies need to be able to handle surges, otherwise the cost of generating leads is wasted and prospective customers who cannot get through may get such a bad impression of the company that they do not bother calling back.
  • The Fat Controller and I were back inside the bolt when it arrived from the bonded warehouse at Felixstowe.
  • Before you know it, all the Sandy Clarks and Billy Starks doing the media rounds are back in business until the next time they are given their jotters for failing to meet fans' expectations.
  • Leaked Reports Detail Iran's Aid for Iraqi Militias," blared the headline on afront page story inThe New York Times, which went on to report on several incidents recounted in WikiLeaks documents that journalist Michael Gordon called "the shadow war between the United States and Iraqi militias backed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Ali Gharib: What Did WikiLeaks Really Tell Us About Iran?
  • It might as well be closed, because in many American hospitals you're simply shooed from the windowsill after you've been nursed back to health (usually in 72 hours or less), and you're expected to "fly" on your own. Mark Lachs, M.D.: Care Transitions: The Hazards of Going In and Coming Out of the Hospital
  • If there was any hope of holding on to even a shred of her dwindling self-respect, she should do exactly what she knew Margo would do—close the laptop, take her de-scrunchied, perfumed, and nearly thonged self down to the nearest club, pick up the first passably good-looking stranger who asked her to dance, and bring him back to the apartment for some safe but anonymous sex. Goodnight Tweetheart
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