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Definition 1: (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage - [noun denoting act]

(back is a kind of ...) (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

"what position does he play?"

(... is a kind of back ) (American football) an offensive back usually positioned behind the quarterback and to the side of the fullback

(... is a kind of back ) (American football) the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage

(... is a kind of back ) (American football) the position of the football player in the backfield who directs the offensive play of his team

"quarterback is the most important position on the team"

(... is a kind of back ) (American football) an offensive position in the backfield

(... is a kind of back ) (American football) the position of the offensive back on a football team who lines up farthest from the line of scrimmage

(... is a kind of back ) (American football) the position of the offensive back who lines up behind or outside the end

(... is a member of back) the offensive football players who line up behind the linemen

(... is a member of back) the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen

(back belongs to category ...) a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays

Definition 2: the side that goes last or is not normally seen - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he wrote the date on the back of the photograph

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) an extended outer surface of an object

"he turned the box over to examine the bottom side" "they painted all four sides of the house"

(... is a kind of back ) the rear part of a ship

(... is a kind of back ) the rear part of an aircraft

Definition 3: a support that you can lean against while sitting - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the back of the dental chair was adjustable

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) any device that bears the weight of another thing

"there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

(... is a kind of back ) the back of a saddle seat

(... is a kind of back ) the backrest of a chair that consists of two uprights with connecting slats

(... is part of back) a seat in a car

(... is part of back) a seat for one person, with a support for the back

"he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"

Definition 4: the part of a garment that covers the back of your body - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back

(back is a kind of ...) a covering made of cloth

Definition 5: the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the book had a leather binding

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury

"they had no protection from the fallout" "wax provided protection for the floors"

(... is a kind of back ) book binding in which the spine and part of the sides are bound in one material and the rest in another

(... is a kind of back ) the spine and much of the sides are a different material from the rest of the cover

(... is part of back) physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

"he used a large book as a doorstop"

Definition 6: the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine - [noun denoting body]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his back was nicely tanned

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

(back is a part of ...) posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl

(back is a part of ...) the slender part of the back

(back is a part of ...) a broad flat muscle on either side of the back

(back is a part of ...) one of 12 vertebrae in the human vertebral column; thoracic vertebrae extend from the seventh cervical vertebra down to the first lumbar vertebra

(back is a part of ...) one of 5 vertebrae in the human vertebral column; lumbar vertebrae extend from the twelfth thoracic vertebra down to the sacral vertebrae

(... is part of back) the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

"they moved their arms and legs and bodies"

Definition 7: the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord - [noun denoting body]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the fall broke his back

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) any structure created by the skeleton of an organism

(... is a kind of back ) a flexible rodlike structure that forms the supporting axis of the body in the lowest chordates and lowest vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates

(... is a kind of back ) backbone of an animal

(back is a part of ...) the canal in successive vertebrae through which the spinal cord passes

(back is a part of ...) the end of the vertebral column in humans and tailless apes

(back is a part of ...) one of the bony segments of the spinal column

(back is a part of ...) a fibrocartilaginous disc serving as a cushion between all of the vertebrae of the spinal column (except between the first two)

(... is part of back) the part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribs

Definition 8: the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer - [noun denoting location]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he stood at the back of the stage
  • it was hidden in the rear of the store

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) the particular portion of space occupied by something

"he put the lamp back in its place"

Definition 9: (football) a person who plays in the backfield - [noun denoting person]

(back is a kind of ...) an athlete who plays American football

(... is a kind of back ) a back stationed wide of the scrimmage line; used as a pass receiver

(... is a kind of back ) (football) the person who plays quarterback

(... is a kind of back ) (football) a back on the offensive team (a fullback or halfback) who tries to advance the ball by carrying it on plays from the line of scrimmage

(... is a kind of back ) (American football) the person who plays tailback

(... is a kind of back ) (football) the person who plays wingback

(back belongs to category ...) any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal

Definition 10: establish as valid or genuine - [verb of change]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Can you back up your claims?

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

"his story confirmed my doubts" "The evidence supports the defendant"

Definition 11: strengthen by providing with a back or backing - [verb of change]

(back is a kind of ...) gain strength

"His body strengthened"

Definition 12: shift to a counterclockwise direction - [verb of change]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the wind backed

(back is a kind of ...) make a shift in or exchange of

"First Joe led; then we switched"

Definition 13: place a bet on - [verb of competition]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Which horse are you backing?
  • I'm betting on the new horse

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) stake on the outcome of an issue

"I bet $100 on that new horse" "She played all her money on the dark horse"

(... is a kind of back ) place one's stake

(... is a kind of back ) stake winnings from one bet on a subsequent wager

Definition 14: travel backward - [verb of motion]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • back into the driveway
  • The car backed up and hit the tree

(back is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of back ) move out of a space backwards

"He backed out of the driveway"

(back has a similar meaning as ...) cause to travel backward

"back the car into the parking spot"

Definition 15: cause to travel backward - [verb of motion]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • back the car into the parking spot

(back has a similar meaning as ...) travel backward

"back into the driveway" "The car backed up and hit the tree"

Definition 16: support financial backing for - [verb of possession]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • back this enterprise

(back is a kind of ...) obtain or provide money for

"Can we finance the addition to our home?"

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He plumped for the Labor Party
  • I backed Kennedy in 1960

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) give sanction to

"I approve of his educational policies"

(... is a kind of back ) stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of

"The dealer warrants all the cars he sells" "I warrant this information"

(... is a kind of back ) protect or fight for as a champion

(back has a similar meaning as ...) give support or one's approval to

"I'll second that motion" "I can't back this plan" "endorse a new project"

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'll second that motion
  • I can't back this plan
  • endorse a new project

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is a kind of ...) give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

"She supported him during the illness" "Her children always backed her up"

(back has a similar meaning as ...) be behind; approve of

"He plumped for the Labor Party" "I backed Kennedy in 1960"

Definition 19: be in back of - [verb of stative]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My garage backs their yard

(back is a kind of ...) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

Definition 20: related to or located at the back - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the back yard
  • the back entrance

(back is similar to ...) located farthest to the rear

(back is similar to ...) located in or toward the back or rear

"the chair's rear legs" "the rear door of the plane" "on the rearward side"

(means also ...) located at or near or behind a part or near the end of a structure

(means also ...) (nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail

Definition 21: at or to or toward the back or rear - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he moved back
  • tripped when he stepped backward
  • she looked rearward out the window of the car

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

Definition 22: in or to or toward a past time - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • set the clocks back an hour
  • never look back
  • lovers of the past looking fondly backward

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

Definition 23: in repayment or retaliation - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we paid back everything we had borrowed
  • he hit me and I hit him back
  • I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher

Definition 24: in or to or toward a former location - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she went back to her parents' house

Definition 25: in or to or toward an original condition - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he went back to sleep

Definition 26: in reply - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he wrote back three days later

Definition 27: of an earlier date - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • back issues of the magazine

(back is similar to ...) not current or belonging to the present time

Definition 28: located at or near the back of an animal - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • back (or hind) legs
  • the hinder part of a carcass

Synonyms for back in the sense of this definition

(back is similar to ...) located at or near or behind a part or near the end of a structure

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