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Made with the back of the dominant hand facing forward: hit a backhand shot over the net.
1. Sports
a. A backhand stroke or shot, as in tennis or hockey.
b. A position for controlling a ball or puck, in which the back of the dominant hand faces forward: moved the puck to his backhand before shooting.
c. A catch made in baseball by reaching across the body with the palm turned toward the ball.
2. Handwriting characterized by letters that slant to the left.
With a backhanded stroke or motion.
tr.v. back·hand·ed, back·hand·ing, back·hands Sports
To perform, catch, or hit with a backhand: She backhanded the ball crosscourt.

back′hand′er n.
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1. (Tennis) sport
a. a stroke made across the body with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
b. (as modifier): a backhand return.
2. (Tennis) the side on which backhand strokes are made
3. handwriting slanting to the left
(Tennis) with a backhand stroke
vb (tr)
(Tennis) sport to play (a shot) backhand
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1. a stroke, slap, etc., made with the back of the hand turned forward.
2. (in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made with the back of the hand facing the direction of movement.
3. handwriting that slopes toward the left.
4. backhanded.
5. (in tennis, squash, etc.) of, pertaining to, or being a stroke made with the back of the hand facing the direction of movement. Compare forehand (def. 1).
6. with the back of the hand.
7. backhanded: She returned the ball backhand.
8. to strike with the back of the hand.
9. to hit, produce, or accomplish with a backhand.
10. to catch (a ball or the like) backhanded.
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Past participle: backhanded
Gerund: backhanding

I backhand
you backhand
he/she/it backhands
we backhand
you backhand
they backhand
I backhanded
you backhanded
he/she/it backhanded
we backhanded
you backhanded
they backhanded
Present Continuous
I am backhanding
you are backhanding
he/she/it is backhanding
we are backhanding
you are backhanding
they are backhanding
Present Perfect
I have backhanded
you have backhanded
he/she/it has backhanded
we have backhanded
you have backhanded
they have backhanded
Past Continuous
I was backhanding
you were backhanding
he/she/it was backhanding
we were backhanding
you were backhanding
they were backhanding
Past Perfect
I had backhanded
you had backhanded
he/she/it had backhanded
we had backhanded
you had backhanded
they had backhanded
I will backhand
you will backhand
he/she/it will backhand
we will backhand
you will backhand
they will backhand
Future Perfect
I will have backhanded
you will have backhanded
he/she/it will have backhanded
we will have backhanded
you will have backhanded
they will have backhanded
Future Continuous
I will be backhanding
you will be backhanding
he/she/it will be backhanding
we will be backhanding
you will be backhanding
they will be backhanding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been backhanding
you have been backhanding
he/she/it has been backhanding
we have been backhanding
you have been backhanding
they have been backhanding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been backhanding
you will have been backhanding
he/she/it will have been backhanding
we will have been backhanding
you will have been backhanding
they will have been backhanding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been backhanding
you had been backhanding
he/she/it had been backhanding
we had been backhanding
you had been backhanding
they had been backhanding
I would backhand
you would backhand
he/she/it would backhand
we would backhand
you would backhand
they would backhand
Past Conditional
I would have backhanded
you would have backhanded
he/she/it would have backhanded
we would have backhanded
you would have backhanded
they would have backhanded
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backhand - a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the strokebackhand - a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
return - a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player; "he won the point on a cross-court return"
two-handed backhand - a backhand shot made holding the racquet in both hands
Verb1.backhand - hit a tennis ball backhandbackhand - hit a tennis ball backhand    
hit - cause to move by striking; "hit a ball"
Adj.1.backhand - (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of strokebackhand - (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
forehand, forehanded - (of racket strokes) made with palm facing direction of stroke
2.backhand - (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward
handwriting - the activity of writing by hand; "handwriting can be slow and painful for one with arthritis"
written - set down in writing in any of various ways; "written evidence"
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باستِعمال ظَهْر اليدخَط مائل الحُروف إلى اليَسارضَربَةٌ بِظَهْر اليَد
backhandbackhandempísmo se sklonem dolevase sklonem doleva
reversrevers de main
balra dõlõ kézírásfonákfonákkal
bakhöndrithönd sem hallar til vinstri
backhandlinkshellend handschrift
bekhendpísmo naklonené doľava
bekhendsola yatık el yazısısola yatık olarakters vuruşters vuruşla yapılan


A. ADJ [blow] → de revés
backhand drive/shot/stroke (Tennis) → revés m
backhand volley (Tennis) → volea f de revés
B. N (Tennis) → revés m
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n (in tennis, badminton)revers m
backhand stroke → revers m
backhand volley → revers m à la volée
to hit a backhand return → renvoyer la balle en revers
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[ˈbækˌhænd] n (Tennis) (also backhand stroke) → rovescio
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(bӕk) noun
1. in man, the part of the body from the neck to the bottom of the spine. She lay on her back.
2. in animals, the upper part of the body. She put the saddle on the horse's back.
3. that part of anything opposite to or furthest from the front. the back of the house; She sat at the back of the hall.
4. in football, hockey etc a player who plays behind the forwards.
of or at the back. the back door.
1. to, or at, the place or person from which a person or thing came. I went back to the shop; He gave the car back to its owner.
2. away (from something); not near (something). Move back! Let the ambulance get to the injured man; Keep back from me or I'll hit you!
3. towards the back (of something). Sit back in your chair.
4. in return; in response to. When the teacher is scolding you, don't answer back.
5. to, or in, the past. Think back to your childhood.
1. to (cause to) move backwards. He backed (his car) out of the garage.
2. to help or support. Will you back me against the others?
3. to bet or gamble on. I backed your horse to win.
ˈbacker noun
a person who supports someone or something, especially with money. the backer of the new theatre.
ˈbackbite verb
to criticize a person when he is not present.
ˈbackbiting noun
Constant backbiting by her colleagues led to her resignation.
ˈbackbone noun
1. the spine. the backbone of a fish.
2. the chief support. The older employees are the backbone of the industry.
ˈbackbreaking adjective
(of a task etc) very difficult or requiring very hard work. Digging the garden is a backbreaking job.
ˌbackˈdate verb
1. to put an earlier date on (a cheque etc). He should have paid his bill last month and so he has backdated the cheque.
2. to make payable from a date in the past. Our rise in pay was backdated to April.
ˌbackˈfire verb
1. (of a motor-car etc) to make a loud bang because of unburnt gases in the exhaust system. The car backfired.
2. (of a plan etc) to have unexpected results, often opposite to the intended results. His scheme backfired (on him), and he lost money.
ˈbackground noun
1. the space behind the principal or most important figures or objects of a picture etc. He always paints ships against a background of stormy skies; trees in the background of the picture.
2. happenings that go before, and help to explain, an event etc. the background to a situation.
3. a person's origins, education etc. She was ashamed of her humble background.
ˈbackhand noun
1. in tennis etc, a stroke or shot with the back of one's hand turned towards the ball. a clever backhand; His backhand is very strong.
2. writing with the letters sloping backwards. I can always recognize her backhand.
using backhand. She played the stroke backhand; She writes backhand.
ˈbacklog noun
a pile of uncompleted work etc which has collected. a backlog of orders because of the strike.
ˌback-ˈnumber noun
an out-of-date copy or issue of a magazine etc. He collects back-numbers of comic magazines.
ˈbackpack noun
(especially American) a bag that walkers, people who go on trips, or students carry on their backs.
ˈbackpacking: go backpacking
to go on trips or go camping carrying a backpack.
ˈbackpacker noun
ˈbackside noun
the bottom or buttocks. He sits on his backside all day long and does no work.
ˈbackslash noun
the sign (\).
ˈbackstroke noun
in swimming, a stroke made when lying on one's back in the water. The child is good at backstroke.
ˈbackup noun
1. additional people who provide help when it is needed. The police officer requested some backup when the shooting began.
2. a copy of a computer file that can be used in case the original is destroyed.
3. (also adjective) a piece of equipment, a system etc that can be used when there is a problem with the original one. a backup plan; We have a backup generator in case the power fails.
ˈbackwash noun
1. a backward current eg that following a ship's passage through the water. the backwash of the steamer.
2. the unintentional results of an action, situation etc. The backwash of that firm's financial troubles affected several other firms.
ˈbackwater noun
1. a stretch of river not in the main stream.
2. a place not affected by what is happening in the world outside. That village is rather a backwater.
ˌbackˈyard noun
(especially American) a garden at the back of a house etc. He grows vegetables in his backyard.
back down
to give up one's opinion, claim etc. She backed down in the face of strong opposition.
back of
(American) behind. He parked back of the store.
back on to
(of a building etc) to have its back next to (something). My house backs on to the racecourse.
back out
1. to move out backwards. He opened the garage door and backed (his car) out.
2. to withdraw from a promise etc. You promised to help – you mustn't back out now!
back up
1. to support or encourage. The new evidence backed up my arguments.
2. to make a copy of the information stored on the computer or disk.
have one's back to the wall
to be in a very difficult or desperate situation. He certainly has his back to the wall as he has lost his job and cannot find another one.
put someone's back up
to anger someone. He put my back up with his boasting.
take a back seat
to take an unimportant position. At these discussions he always takes a back seat and listens to others talking.
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References in classic literature ?
'elucidate the diverting accomplishments of his highly trained performing dog Merrylegs.' He was also to exhibit 'his astounding feat of throwing seventy-five hundred-weight in rapid succession backhanded over his head, thus forming a fountain of solid iron in mid-air, a feat never before attempted in this or any other country, and which having elicited such rapturous plaudits from enthusiastic throngs it cannot be withdrawn.' The same Signor Jupe was to 'enliven the varied performances at frequent intervals with his chaste Shaksperean quips and retorts.' Lastly, he was to wind them up by appearing in his favourite character of Mr.
Then quickly and with a dainty backhanded blow, he rapped Eric beneath his guard so shrewdly that it made his head ring again.
Philander, with a mildly puzzled expression on his face, turned to pursue Professor Porter, and in his mind he was revolving the question of whether he should feel complimented or aggrieved at Miss Porter's rather backhanded compliment.
John Baptist, staring at him with eyes opened to their utmost width, made a number of those national, backhanded shakes of the right forefinger in the air, as if he were resolved on negativing beforehand everything that the other could possibly advance during the whole term of his life.
Peggotty, giving Ham a backhanded knock in the chest, 'is another of 'em, though he don't look much like it.'
Wawrinka, who beat Federer in straight sets en route to the 2015 French Open title, clinched victory on his second match point, with a backhand that landed on the line on a sun-soaked Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Abid won the first set comfortably by playing good forehand, backhand down the line and cross court shorts, but in the second set Shamael bounced back and gave tough resistance to Abid Ali Akber and grabbed the second set in the same style.
'My forehand worked well even though my backhand was a bit tight,' said Shufaa, who will be meeting Okutoyi for the second time since their semi-final clash in 2016, where Shufaa reigned supreme 6-2, 6-4.
He has a smooth flowing style that is easy on the eye and is one of few players on tour that has a single handed backhand, which the Swiss ace admits was picked up from few of the players he admired.
~ The 24-year-old seventh seed was deadlocked with Zverev on serve until a sweeping backhand pass allowed Thiem to gain breathing space at 5-3 before an ace sealed the first set.
When he plays his one-handed backhand, the racquet stays almost perpendicular to the ground at the start of the backswing, pure copybook style.
He even threw in a couple of early double faults and allowed his opponent a look at a break point but when Cilic failed to convert, dumping a backhand carelessly into the net, it came as an alarm call to the great man.