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back 1

a. The part of the trunk of the human body along and to the sides of the spine between the neck and the pelvis; the dorsum.
b. The analogous dorsal region in other animals.
2. The backbone or spine.
3. The part or area farthest from the front.
4. The part opposite to or behind that adapted for view or use: the back of the hand; wrote on the back of the photograph.
5. The reverse side, as of a coin.
6. A part that supports or strengthens from the rear: the back of a couch.
a. The part of a book where the pages are stitched or glued together into the binding.
b. The binding itself.
8. Sports
a. A player who takes a position behind the front line of other players in certain games, such as football and soccer.
b. In swimming, backstroke.
v. backed, back·ing, backs
1. To cause to move backward or in a reverse direction: Back the car up and then make the turn.
2. To furnish or strengthen with a back or backing.
a. To provide with financial or material support: Unions backed the pro-labor candidate.
b. To lend moral support to, as by corroborating a claim. Often used with up: I'm not comfortable filing a complaint if you won't back me up.
c. To be in favor of; endorse or advocate: backed the reform proposal. See Synonyms at support.
4. To provide with musical accompaniment. Often used with up.
5. To bet or wager on.
6. To adduce evidence in support of; substantiate: backed the argument with facts.
7. To form the back or background of: Snowcapped mountains back the village.
1. To move backward: backed out of the garage.
2. To shift to a counterclockwise direction. Used of the wind.
1. Located or placed in the rear: Deliveries should be made at the back entrance.
2. Distant from a center of activity; remote.
3. Of a past date; not current: a back issue of a periodical.
4. Being owed or due from an earlier time; in arrears: back pay.
5. Being in a backward direction: a back step.
6. Linguistics Pronounced with the back of the tongue, as oo in cool. Used of vowels.
1. At, to, or toward the rear or back.
2. In, to, or toward a former location: went back for the class reunion.
3. In, to, or toward a former condition: When the spell broke, the prince turned back into a frog.
4. In, to, or toward a past time: This story goes back to the 1920s.
5. In reserve or concealment: We kept back some money for emergencies.
6. In check or under restraint: Barriers held the crowd back.
7. In reply or return: emailed back that he would be late.
Phrasal Verbs:
back away
To withdraw from a position; retreat.
back down
To withdraw from a position, opinion, or commitment.
back off
To retreat or draw away.
back out
1. To withdraw from something before completion.
2. To fail to keep a commitment or promise.
back up
1. To cause to accumulate or undergo accumulation: The accident backed the traffic up for blocks. Traffic backed up in the tunnel.
2. Computers To make a backup of (a program or file).
back and fill
1. Nautical To maneuver a vessel in a narrow channel by adjusting the sails so as to let the wind in and out of them in alteration.
2. To vacillate in one's actions or decisions.
back to back
Consecutively and without interruption: presented three speeches back to back.
behind (one's) back
In one's absence or without one's knowledge.
have got (someone's) back
To be prepared or ready to support or vouch for someone, as in a crisis.
have (one's) back up
To be angry or irritated.
off (someone's) back
No longer nagging or urging someone to do something.
on (someone's) back
Persistently nagging or urging someone to do something.

[Middle English bak, from Old English bæc.]

back′less adj.

back 2

A shallow vat or tub used chiefly by brewers.

[Dutch bak, from French bac, from Old French, boat, from Vulgar Latin *baccus, vessel, probably of Celtic origin.]


(Clothing & Fashion) (of a dress) low-cut at the back
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.backless - lacking a backbackless - lacking a back; "a stool is a backless and armless seat"
backed - having a back or backing, usually of a specified type


[ˈbæklɪs] ADJ [dress] → sin espalda, muy escotado por detrás


[ˈbækləs] adj [dress, top] → dos nu inv
a woman in a backless dress → une femme en robe dos nuback list n [books] → ouvrages mpl disponibles
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The father, with a newly-ladened pipe in his mouth, crouched on a backless chair near the stove.
It had always been my custom to stand when in his presence; even at the council board, except upon those rare occasions when the sitting was a very long one, extending over hours; then I had a trifling little backless thing which was like a reversed culvert and was as comfortable as the toothache.
Here are the two posing for a photo with Rivera proudly showing off her backless black gown.
AndHolly Willoughbywowed yet again on New Year's Eve when she was pictured hitting the beach in a backless bathing suit and a thigh-skimming mini-skirt.
A recent change to the law around child car seats now means that backless booster seats are only allowed for older children - but that only applies to new models, meaning parents can legally continue to use backless booster seats they already own.
Pair your traditional Kasavu Saree- The white saree with a golden border with a plunging deep back or a backless blouse.
A YOUNG mum who wore a backless top to a discount store was left humiliated when staff threw her out for being dressed "inappropriately".
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Changes had been expected to come into law at the end of this year - and would see children below 123cm and 22kg banned from travelling in backless car seats.
New laws coming in this year mean that backless booster seats will no longer be suitable for many children in the UK.
Currently, children weighing as little as 15kg - around three-yearsold - are allowed to travel in cars while sitting on backless booster seats.
The show started with a bang with super model Vartika Kaul dancing a seductive sensuous performance with a breath taking celestial backless dress.