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bachelor's-button any of several plants with long stalks and round flowers resembling buttons, such as the cornflower and some daisies.
bachelor's degree an undergraduate degree conferred on a person who has completed a liberal arts and sciences curriculum; Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Sciences.
bach it to take care of the house oneself.
bacillary rod-shaped. [2 definitions]
bacillus any rod-shaped bacterium that is active only in the presence of oxygen, or one composed of a chain of rod-shaped elements. [2 definitions]
bacitracin an antibiotic that is used externally in the treatment of skin infections.
back the part of a human or other vertebrate that is on the opposite side from the chest and abdomen and between the neck and the tailbone. [15 definitions]
backache a pain in the back, esp. a persistent one in the lower back.
back and forth moving backward then forward, or forward then backward, often repeatedly. [2 definitions]
backbeat a primary accent on the second and fourth beats of a four-beat measure, common in popular music; secondary beat.
backbencher a junior legislator, esp. in Great Britain's House of Commons, who is not one of his or her party's leaders.
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]