Definitions for backhandˈbækˌhænd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

back•handˈbækˌhænd(n.)

  1. a stroke, slap, etc., made with the back of the hand turned forward.

  2. (in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made with the back of the hand facing the direction of movement.

    Category: Sport

  3. handwriting that slopes toward the left.

  4. (adj.)backhanded.

  5. (in tennis, squash, etc.) of, pertaining to, or being a stroke made with the back of the hand facing the direction of movement.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Compare forehand (def. 1). 1

  6. (adv.)with the back of the hand.

  7. backhanded:

    She returned the ball backhand.

  8. (v.t.)to strike with the back of the hand.

  9. to hit, produce, or accomplish with a backhand.

  10. to catch (a ball or the like) backhanded.

Origin of backhand:

1650–60

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backhand, backhand stroke, backhand shot(adj)

    a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke

  2. backhand(a), backhanded(adj)

    (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke

  3. backhand, left-slanting(verb)

    (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward

  4. backhand(verb)

    hit a tennis ball backhand

Wiktionary

  1. backhand(Noun)

    a stroke made across the chest from the off-hand side to the racquet hand side; a stroke during which the back of the hand faces the shot.

  2. backhand(Noun)

    Handwriting that leans to the left

  3. backhand(Noun)

    the standard throw; a throw during which the disc begins on the off-hand side and travels across the chest to be released from the opposite side.

  4. backhand(Noun)

    The reverse side of the human hand.

  5. backhand(Verb)

    to execute a backhand stroke or throw

  6. backhand(Verb)

    to slap with the back of one's hand

  7. backhand(Adjective)

    Of any left slanting handwriting

  8. backhand(Adjective)

    In the backhand style

  9. backhand(Adjective)

    Of a play that uses the back side of the hockey stick

    He scored on a backhand shot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backhand(noun)

    a kind of handwriting in which the downward slope of the letters is from left to right

  2. Backhand(adj)

    sloping from left to right; -- said of handwriting

  3. Backhand(adj)

    backhanded; indirect; oblique

Freebase

  1. Backhand

    The backhand is a tennis shot in which one swings the racquet around one's body in the direction where one wants the ball to go, usually performed from the baseline or as an approach shot. The term is also used in other racquet sports, and other areas where a similar motion is employed. For a right-handed player, this means that a backhand begins on the left side of the body, continues across the body as contact is made with the ball, and ends on the right side of the body, with the racquet over the left shoulder. The backhand can be a one-handed or two-handed stroke. Because the player's dominant hand "pulls" into the shot, the backhand generally lacks the power and consistency of the forehand, and is usually considered more difficult to master. However, the two-handed backhand provides more stability and power for the shot, and is increasingly used in the modern game. Beginner and club-level players often have difficulty hitting a backhand, and junior players may have trouble making the shot if they are not strong enough to hit it. Many advanced players still have a significantly better forehand than backhand, and many strategies in tennis aim to exploit this weakness.


Translations for backhand

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

backhand(noun)

in tennis etc, a stroke or shot with the back of one's hand turned towards the ball

a clever backhand; His backhand is very strong.

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