A Japanese man's tattooed back (late 19th century). The lower portion (below the waist sash) is generally known by other names, such as the "butt" or "backside".



  • At or near the rear.
  • Returned or restored to a previous place or condition.
  • Not current.
  • Situated away from the main or most frequented areas.
  • In arrears; overdue.
  • Moving or operating backward.
  • Pronounced with the highest part of the body of the tongue toward the back of the mouth, near the soft palate (most often describing a vowel).


  • To or in a previous condition or place.
  • In a direction opposite to that in which someone or something is facing or normally pointing.
  • In a direction opposite to the usual or desired direction of movement or progress, physically or figuratively.
  • So as to reverse direction and return.
  • Towards, into or in the past.
  • Away from someone or something; at a distance.
  • Away from the front or from an edge.
  • So as shrink, recede or move aside, or cause to do so.
  • In a manner that impedes.
  • In a reciprocal manner; in return.
  • Earlier, ago.
  • To a later point in time. See also put back.


  • The rear of the body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
  • That which is farthest away from the front.
  • Upper part of a natural object which is considered to resemble an animal's back.
  • A support or resource in reserve.
  • The keel and keelson of a ship.
  • The roof of a horizontal underground passage.
  • Effort, usually physical.
  • A non-alcoholic drink (often water or a soft drink), to go with hard liquor or a cocktail.
  • Among leather dealers, one of the thickest and stoutest tanned hides.
  • Short form of backstroke
  • A large shallow vat; a cistern, tub, or trough, used by brewers, distillers, dyers, picklers, gluemakers, and others, for mixing or cooling wort, holding water, hot glue, etc.
  • A ferryboat.


  • To go in the reverse direction.
  • To support.
  • To change direction contrary to the normal pattern; that is, to shift anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere, or clockwise in the southern hemisphere.
  • To brace the yards so that the wind presses on the front of the sail, to slow the ship.
  • To lay out a second, smaller anchor to provide additional holding power.
  • To stand still behind another dog which has pointed.
  • To push or force backwards.
  • To get upon the back of; to mount.
  • To place or seat upon the back.
  • To make a back for; to furnish with a back.
  • To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
  • To write upon the back of, possibly as an endorsement.
  • To sign or endorse (a warrant, issued in another county, to apprehend an offender).
  • To row backward with (oars).


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  • From Middle English bak, from Old English bæc, from Proto-West Germanic *bak, from Proto-Germanic *baką, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bʰogo. The adverb represents an aphetic form of aback.
  • Compare , from Old Saxon bak, and , , and . Cognate with German Bache ("sow [adult female hog]").
  • Borrowed from French bac.

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