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Definition of back:

  1. ( Of time) In times past; ago.
  2. A ferryboat. See Bac, 1.
  3. A garment for the back; hence, clothing.
  4. A large shallow vat; a cistern, tub, or trough, used by brewers, distillers, dyers, picklers, gluemakers, and others, for mixing or cooling wort, holding water, hot glue, etc.
  5. A support or resource in reserve.
  6. An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
  7. Away from contact; by reverse movement.
  8. Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.
  9. Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
  10. In a state of restraint or hindrance.
  11. In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent.
  12. In concealment or reserve; in one's own possession; as, to keep back the truth; to keep back part of the money due to another.
  13. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end of the spine; in other animals, that part of the body which corresponds most nearly to such part of a human being; as, the back of a horse, fish, or lobster.
  14. In return, repayment, or requital.
  15. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back0 the offensive words.
  16. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back.
  17. Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
  18. The keel and keelson of a ship.
  19. The outward or upper part of a thing, as opposed to the inner or lower part; as, the back of the hand, the back of the foot, the back of a hand rail.
  20. The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
  21. The part opposed to the front; the hinder or rear part of a thing; as, the back of a book; the back of an army; the back of a chimney.
  22. The part opposite to, or most remote from, that which fronts the speaker or actor; or the part out of sight, or not generally seen; as, the back of an island, of a hill, or of a village.
  23. The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.
  24. To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism.
  25. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
  26. To bet on the success of; - as, to back a race horse.
  27. To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; - used of the wind.
  28. To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
  29. To get upon the back of; to mount.
  30. To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
  31. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
  32. To place or seat upon the back.
  33. To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; - said of a dog.
  34. To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend.
  35. To the place from which one came; to the place or person from which something is taken or derived; as, to go back for something left behind; to go back to one's native place; to put a book back after reading it.
  36. To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.

Synonyms:

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