Definitions for backless

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the rear part of the human body, from the neck to the end of the spine.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back.

    Category: Anatomy

  3. the rear portion of any part of the body:

    the back of the head.

  4. the part opposite to or farthest from the front; rear:

    the back of a hall.

  5. the part that forms the rear of any object or structure.

  6. the part covering the back:

    the back of a jacket.

  7. the spine or backbone:

    The fall broke his back.

  8. any rear part of an object serving to support, protect, etc.:

    the back of a chair.

  9. the side of an object that is less functional, less often seen, etc.:

    the back of an envelope.

  10. the whole body, with reference to clothing:

    the clothes on one's back.

  11. ability for labor; effort; endurance:

    to put one's back to a task.

  12. the edge of a book formed where its sections are bound together.

    Category: Printing

  13. (in various sports, as football) a player stationed to the rear of front-line play. the position so occupied.

    Category: Sport

  14. (v.t.)to support, as with authority, influence, help, or money:

    to back a candidate.

  15. to bet on:

    to back a horse in the race.

  16. to cause to move backward (often fol. by up):

    to back a car into a garage.

  17. to furnish with a back:

    to back a book.

  18. to lie at the back of; form a back or background for.

  19. to provide with an accompaniment:

    a singer backed by piano and bass.

  20. to get upon the back of; mount.

  21. to write or print on the back of; endorse; countersign.

  22. (v.i.)to go or move backward (often fol. by up).

  23. (of wind) to change direction counterclockwise

    Category: Nautical

    Ref: (opposed to veer ).

  24. back away, to retreat; withdraw.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  25. back down, to abandon an argument or position.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  26. back off, to move back from something; retreat. to back down.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  27. back out, to fail to keep an engagement or promise; withdraw.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  28. back up, to move or cause to move backward. to reinforce. to support or confirm. to bring (a stream of traffic) to a standstill. to accumulate or become clogged due to a stoppage. to copy (a computer file or program) as a precaution against failure.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Computers

  29. (adj.)situated at or in the rear:

    the back door.

  30. far away or removed from the front or main area, position, or rank; remote:

    back streets.

  31. of or belonging to the past:

    back issues of a magazine.

  32. in arrears; overdue:

    back pay.

  33. coming or going back; moving backward:

    back current.

  34. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tongue in the back part of the mouth, as either of the sounds of


    Category: Phonetics

Idioms for back:

  1. back and fill, to trim the sails of a boat so that the wind strikes them first on the forward and then on the after side. to change one's opinion or position; vacillate.

    Category: Nautical, Idiom, Navy

  2. be (flat) on one's back, to be ill, helpless, or overcome by circumstances.

    Category: Idiom

  3. behind one's back, without one's knowledge, esp. treacherously or secretly.

    Category: Idiom

  4. break the back of, to conquer the most difficult or resistant part of:

    to break the back of urban crime.

    Category: Idiom

  5. get one's back up, to become annoyed; take offense.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  6. have one's back to the wall, to be in a difficult or hopeless situation.

    Category: Idiom

  7. (in) back of, at the rear of; behind.

    Category: Idiom

  8. on someone's back,Informal. nagging or criticizing someone.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: back , hind , posterior , rear refer to something situated behind something else. back means the opposite of front: a back window. hind , and the more formal word posterior , refer to the rearmost of two or more, often similar objects: hind wings; posterior lobe. rear is used of buildings, conveyances, etc., and in military language it is the opposite of fore: the rear end of a truck; rear echelon.Usage: Although some object to their use, the phrases in back of and the shorter - and much older - back of with the meaning “behind” are fully established as standard in American English: They played(in)back of the house. Both phrases occur in all types of speech and writing, though behind may be easily substituted if desired.

Origin of back:

bef. 1000; ME bak, OE bæc back of the body, c. OFris bek, OS, ON bak; perh. < IE *bhogo- bending; cf. bacon



  1. at, to, or toward the rear; backward:

    to step back.

  2. in or toward the past:

    to look back on one's youth.

  3. at or toward the original starting point, place, or condition:

    to go back to one's home town; to put a coat back on.

  4. in direct payment or return:

    to pay back a loan; to answer back.

  5. in a state of restraint or retention:

    to hold back tears; to hold back salary.

  6. in a reclining position:

    to lean back; to lie back.

  7. go back on, to fail to keep; renege on: to be faithless to; betray.

    to go back on a promise.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for back:

  1. back and forth, backward and forward; to and fro. from side to side. from one to the other.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of back:

1480–90; aph. form of aback

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backless(adj)

    lacking a back

    "a stool is a backless and armless seat"


  1. backless(Adjective)

    having no back, said of things that typically have backs, such as chairs or dresses

    a backless surgical gown

  2. backless(Adjective)

    having an uncovered back, having a back that shows skin

  3. Origin: back + -less

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backless(adj)

    without a back


  1. Backless

    Backless is the sixth studio album by blues rocker Eric Clapton, released in 1978. The album reached #8 on the pop charts. While the single "Promises" only reached #37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching #9 on the Billboard charts. A blue and white scarf worn by Clapton on the album sleeve is believed to be a scarf of West Bromwich Albion Football Club. Clapton is widely believed to be supporter of the club, despite being born in Ripley, Surrey more than 100 miles away, though in recent years has reportedly been more interested in Chelsea F.C..


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