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1. The act or process of pulling back, especially an orderly troop withdrawal.
2. A device for holding or drawing back: a pullback for heavy draperies.
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the act of pulling back, esp. a retreat or a strategic withdrawal of troops.
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Noun1.pullback - a device (as a decorative loop of cord or fabric) for holding or drawing something back; "the draperies were drawn to the sides by pullbacks"
holding device - a device for holding something
2.pullback - (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops); "the pullback is expected to be over 25,000 troops"
withdrawal - the act of withdrawing; "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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The moving back of a military force in the face of enemy attack or after a defeat:
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He added that these stocks have been strong performers, but they're not immune to pullbacks.
FastBack is Melfred Borzall's new system for direct pullbacks without removing the drill head or installing a backreamer.
As unexpected variations occur--a customer suddenly needs more products, for example--the day's complete schedule becomes subject to unexpected outages and pullbacks.
(b) Morphisms in U may be pulled back along arbitrary morphisms of C, and their pullbacks are in U.
That means that defaults can be absorbed in more digestible chunks, rather than acting as shocking catalysts for abrupt pullbacks in the amount of capital available to real estate investors.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said that before further pullbacks, the Palestinians must arrest militants, outlaw rogue groups violating a cease-fire and turn over the assassins of ultranationalist Israeli Cabinet Minister Rehavam Zeevi, gunned down in Jerusalem on October 17.
Given any commutative cube where the bottom face is a homotopy pushout and the vertical faces are homotopy pullbacks, then the top face is a homotopy pushout.
"The drill superintendents on the job related that this was one of the smoothest pullbacks, from start to finish, for this diameter of pipe that they could remember," Breunig added.
For the pullbacks, a 26-inch hole-opener was used to cut through the previously un-reamed portion of the bores at the exit pit locations.
The techniques have been used to successfully remove stuck drill stems, assist directional drill rigs during difficult pullbacks, free immobilized product pipes and even salvage failed bores by removing stuck pipe from the ground.