1. back, dorsum, body part

usage: the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; "his back was nicely tanned"

2. rear, back, side

usage: the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"

3. back, rear, position, place

usage: the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden in the rear of the store"

4. back, football player, footballer

usage: (football) a person who plays in the backfield

5. spinal column, vertebral column, spine, backbone, back, rachis, skeletal structure

usage: the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back"

6. binding, book binding, cover, back, protective covering, protective cover, protection

usage: the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book; "the book had a leather binding"

7. back, cloth covering

usage: the part of a garment that covers the back of your body; "they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back"

8. back, backrest, support

usage: a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"

9. back, position

usage: (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage


1. back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support, approve, O.K., okay, sanction

usage: be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"

2. back, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: travel backward; "back into the driveway"; "The car backed up and hit the tree"

3. second, back, endorse, indorse, support, back up

usage: give support or one's approval to; "I'll second that motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project"

4. back

usage: cause to travel backward; "back the car into the parking spot"

5. back, finance

usage: support financial backing for; "back this enterprise"

6. back, lie

usage: be in back of; "My garage backs their yard"

7. bet on, back, gage, stake, game, punt, bet, wager, play

usage: place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"

8. back, switch, change over, shift

usage: shift to a counterclockwise direction; "the wind backed"

9. back, back up, confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm

usage: establish as valid or genuine; "Can you back up your claims?"

10. back, strengthen

usage: strengthen by providing with a back or backing


1. back(prenominal) (vs. front), backmost, hindermost, hindmost, rearmost, rear(prenominal), rearward(prenominal), aft, posterior

usage: related to or located at the back; "the back yard"; "the back entrance"

2. back(prenominal), hind(prenominal), hinder(prenominal), posterior (vs. anterior)

usage: located at or near the back of an animal; "back (or hind) legs"; "the hinder part of a carcass"

3. back(prenominal), noncurrent (vs. current)

usage: of an earlier date; "back issues of the magazine"


1. back

usage: in or to or toward a former location; "she went back to her parents' house"

2. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards

usage: at or to or toward the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"

3. back

usage: in or to or toward an original condition; "he went back to sleep"

4. back, backward

usage: in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"

5. back

usage: in reply; "he wrote back three days later"

6. back

usage: in repayment or retaliation; "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"

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