Definitions for backstopˈbækˌstɒp
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
back•stopˈbækˌstɒp(n.; v.)-stopped, -stop•ping.
(n.)a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going beyond the normal playing area.
any support, safeguard, or reinforcement.
(v.t.)to act as a backstop to.
Origin of backstop:
(baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
(baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
a precaution in case of an emergency
"he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"
act as a backstop
A device that prevents railroad cars from rolling off a railroad track.
A wall behind home plate.
A catcher; the position of catcher
To serve as backstop for.
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