6. The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
7. A support or resource in reserve.
Should have a back or second, that might hold,
If this should blast in proof.
8. (Naut.) The keel and keelson of a ship.
9. (Mining) The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.
10. A garment for the back; hence, clothing. [Obs.]
A bak to walken inne by daylight. Behind one's back, when one is absent; without one's knowledge; as, to ridicule a person behind his
back. Full back, Half back, Quarter back (Football), players stationed behind those in the front
line. To be or lie on one's back, to be helpless. To put, or get, one's back up, to assume
an attitude of obstinate resistance (from the action of a cat when attacked). [Colloq.] To see the
back of, to get rid of. To turn the back, to go away; to flee. To turn the back on one, to
forsake or neglect him.
1. Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.
2. Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
3. Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
Back charges, charges brought forward after an account has been made up. Back filling (Arch.),
the mass of materials used in filling up the space between two walls, or between the inner and outer
faces of a wall, or upon the haunches of an arch or vault. Back pressure. (Steam Engine) See
under Pressure. Back rest, a guide attached to the slide rest of a lathe, and placed in contact
with the work, to steady it in turning. Back slang, a kind of slang in which every word is written
or pronounced backwards; as, nam for man. Back stairs, stairs in the back part of a house; private
stairs. Also used adjectively. See Back stairs, Backstairs, and Backstair, in the Vocabulary. Back
step (Mil.), the retrograde movement of a man or body of men, without changing front. Back stream,
a current running against the main current of a stream; an eddy. To take the back track, to retrace
one's steps; to retreat. [Colloq.]
(Back) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Backed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Backing.]
1. To get upon the back of; to mount.
I will back him [a horse] straight.
2. To place or seat upon the back. [R.]
Great Jupiter, upon his eagle backed,
Appeared to me.
3. To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
4. To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
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