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  • n  the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
    his back was nicely tanned
  • n  the side that goes last or is not normally seen
    he wrote the date on the back of the photograph
  • n  the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
    he stood at the back of the stage
  • n  (football) a person who plays in the backfield
  • n  the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
    the fall broke his back
  • n  the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
  • n  the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
    they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back
  • n  a support that you can lean against while sitting
    the back of the dental chair was adjustable
  • n  (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
  • v  be behind; approve of
    I backed Kennedy in 1960
  • v  travel backward
    back into the driveway
    The car backed up and hit the tree
  • v  give support or one's approval to
    I can't back this plan
  • v  cause to travel backward
    back the car into the parking spot
  • v  support financial backing for
    back this enterprise
  • v  be in back of
    My garage backs their yard
  • v  place a bet on
    Which horse are you backing?
  • v  shift to a counterclockwise direction
    the wind backed
  • v  establish as valid or genuine
    Can you back up your claims?
  • v  strengthen by providing with a back or backing
  • a  related to or located at the back
    the back yard
    the back entrance
  • s  located at or near the back of an animal
    back (or hind) legs
  • s  of an earlier date
    back issues of the magazine
  • r  in or to or toward a former location
    she went back to her parents' house
  • r  at or to or toward the back or rear
    he moved back
    tripped when he stepped backward
  • r  in or to or toward an original condition
    he went back to sleep
  • r  in or to or toward a past time
    set the clocks back an hour
    never look back
    lovers of the past looking fondly backward
  • r  in reply
    he wrote back three days later
  • r  in repayment or retaliation
    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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