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backcourt in basketball, the half of the court that a team is defending. (Cf. forecourt.) [3 definitions]
backdate to mark with a date that is prior to the actual date; predate.
backdoor done in secret; surreptitious.
backdrop a curtain at the rear of a stage setting, upon which are painted elements of the setting such as windows, furniture, the sky, or the like. [2 definitions]
backed having a back or support (often used in combination).
backer someone who supports or gives time or money to a business, a cause, or the like.
backfield in football, those offensive players whose position is behind the line, or those defensive players whose position is behind the linebackers. [2 definitions]
backfill to refill with what was previously removed. [2 definitions]
backfire to emit a loud noise as the result of inefficient functioning of the engine of a car or other internal-combustion vehicle. [4 definitions]
back formation in linguistics, a word that appears to be the base of, but was actually formed from, another word, as "trivia" from "trivial".
backgammon a board game in which each of two opponents throws dice and tries to move several pieces clockwise around and eventually off the board.
background a part located in the rear, esp. as depicted in a painting, photograph, or scene. (Cf. foreground.) [5 definitions]
backhand a forward movement made with the back of the hand outward, as in a slap or a stroke with a tennis racket. [5 definitions]
backhanded in the manner of a backhand. [3 definitions]
backhoe an excavating vehicle with a large metal bucket that is drawn toward the vehicle in a digging motion.
backing help or support, esp. financial support. [3 definitions]
backlash an abrupt and sometimes violent motion or movement backward. [3 definitions]
backlist a publisher's list of all in-house books that have been kept in print for a relatively long period of time. [2 definitions]
backlit illuminated from behind.
backlog a quantity, as of work or objects, that has accumulated. [3 definitions]
back number any previous issue of a periodical.