An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
A support or resource in reserve.
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.
A garment for the back; hence, clothing.
A ferryboat. See Bac, 1.
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.
To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism.
In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back.
In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back0 the offensive words.
In return, repayment, or requital.
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.
In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent.
In a state of restraint or hindrance.
Away from contact; by reverse movement.
(Of time) In times past; ago.
Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.
To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend.
To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; -- said of a dog.
To place or seat upon the back.
To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
To get upon the back of; to mount.
To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; -- used of the wind.
To bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse.
To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.
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.
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.
The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
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.
The keel and keelson of a ship.
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
\back\ (&?;), n. [f. bac: cf. arm. bak tray, bowl.] 1. 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.
to turn the back
travel back and forth
go back on
to back down
to be or lie on one`s back
to back the sails
to back and fill
to turn the back on one
to back out
to call back
to put back
to keep back
to hark back
to hang back
to back the oars
to turn the back on
to draw back
to fall back
to give back
to back a warrant
to turn back
to claw one on the back
to throw back
to bear back
to back a rope
behind one`s back
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to back water
to get back
to snap back
go back n
to see the back of
to back up
to take the back track
to back the field
to fall back upon
to bring back
trouble came back
back and forth
to break the back
to back an anchor
to go back on
lay or back