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Most common English words: think « life « went « #132: back » under » same » take

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Old English bæc, from Proto-Germanic *bakom. The adverb represents an aphetic form of aback.

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Singular
Back

Plural
Backs

Back (plural Backs)
  1. The rear of body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
    Could you please scratch my back?
  2. The spine and associated tissues.
    I hurt my back lifting that dictionary.
  3. The side of any object which is opposite the front or useful side.
    Turn the book over and look at the back.
  4. The reverse side; the side that is not normally seen.
    I hung the clothes on the back of the door.
  5. That which is farthest away from the front.
    He sat in the back of the room.
  6. Area behind, such as the backyard of a house
    We'll meet out in the back of the library.
  7. The part of something that goes last.
    The car was near the back of the train.
  8. The side of a blade opposite the side used for cutting.
    Tap it with the back of your knife.
  9. The part of a piece of clothing which covers the back.
    I still need to finish the back of your dress.
  10. The edge of a book which is bound.
    The titles are printed on the backs of the books.
  11. The backrest, the part of a piece of furniture which receives the human back.
    Can you fix the back of this chair?
  12. (figuratively) Upper part of a natural object which is considered to resemble an animal's back.
    The small boat raced over the backs of the waves.
  13. (obsolete) That part of the body that bears clothing.
  14. Patrono:Sports In some team sports, a position behind most players on the team.
    The backs were lined up in an I formation.
  15. Patrono:Nautical The keel and keelson of a ship.
    The ship's back broke in the pounding surf.
  16. Patrono:Printing The inside margin of a page.
    • 1841, William Savage, A Dictionary of the Art of Printing[1], 1965 Ayer Publishing ed., ISBN 0833731289, page 472:
      Convenience and custom have familiarised us to the printed page being a little higher than the middle of the leaf, and to its having a little more margin at the fore edge than in the back.</span>
  17. Patrono:Mining The roof of a horizontal underground passage.
    • 1911, Robert Bruce Brinsmade, Mining Without Timber[2], page 161:
      The stope is kept full of broken ore, sufficient only being drawn to leave a working space between the floor of broken ore and the back of the stope.</span>
  18. (slang, uncountable) Effort, usually physical.
    Put some back into it!
  19. (slang, uncountable) Large and attractive buttocks.

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  • (side opposite the front or useful side): front
  • (that which is farthest away from the front): front

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Back (not comparable)

Positive
Back

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Near the rear.
    Go in the back door of the house.
  2. Not current.
    I’d like to find a back issue of that magazine.
  3. Far from the main area.
    They took a back road.
    That chore has been in the back of my mind for weeks.
  4. Patrono:Comparable Patrono:Phonetics Produced in the back of the mouth.
    "U" in "rude" is a back vowel.

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Infinitive
to Back

Third person singular
Backs

Simple past
Backed

Past participle
Backed

Present participle
Backing

to Back (third-person singular simple present Backs, present participle Backing, simple past and past participle Backed)
  1. To go in the reverse direction.
    The train backed into the station.
  2. To support.
    I back you all the way.
  3. Patrono:Nautical the change direction contrary to its normal pattern (anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere, clockwise in the southern)
  4. Patrono:Nautical to brace the yards so that the wind presses on the front of the sail, to slow the ship
  5. Patrono:Nautical to lay out a second, smaller anchor to provide additional holding power

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Back (comparative further back, superlative furthest back)

Positive
Back

Comparative
further back

Superlative
furthest back

  1. (Not comparable) To or in a previous condition or place.
    He gave back the money.
    He needs his money back
    He was on vacation, but now he’s back.
    The office fell into chaos when you left, but now order is back.
  2. Away from the front or from an edge.
    Sit all the way back in your chair.
    Step back from the curb.
  3. In a manner that impedes.
    Fear held him back.

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Inflection for Back Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Base form Back Backen Backar Backarna
Possessive form Backs Backens Backars Backarnas

back c.

  1. crate; storage of bottles
  2. back; position behind most players on the team
  3. reverse; car gearang:back

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