Definitions for backstopˈbækˌstɒp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

back•stopˈbækˌstɒp(n.; v.)-stopped, -stop•ping.

  1. (n.)a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going beyond the normal playing area.

    Category: Sport

  2. any support, safeguard, or reinforcement.

  3. (v.t.)to act as a backstop to.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catcher, backstop(noun)

    (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher

  2. backstop(noun)

    (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field

  3. backstop(verb)

    a precaution in case of an emergency

    "he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"

  4. backstop(verb)

    act as a backstop


  1. backstop(Noun)

    A device that prevents railroad cars from rolling off a railroad track.

  2. backstop(Noun)

    A wall behind home plate.

  3. backstop(Noun)

    A catcher; the position of catcher

  4. backstop(Verb)

    To serve as backstop for.

  5. backstop(Verb)

    To bolster.


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