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backbite to criticize harshly or speak badly of (an absent person).
backboard a board at the rear of something, serving as a support. [2 definitions]
backbone the series of bones that run along the center of the back; spinal column; vertebrae. [3 definitions]
backbreaking requiring exceptional physical effort; exhausting.
back burner a state of temporary low priority (usu. prec. by on the).
backcheck in hockey, to check (an opposing player) in the vicinity of one's own goal. (Cf. forecheck.)
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.