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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backhand, backhand stroke, backhand shotadjective

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

  2. backhand(a), backhandedadjective

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

  3. backhand, left-slantingverb

    (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward

  4. backhandverb

    hit a tennis ball backhand


  1. backhandnoun

    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. backhandnoun

    Handwriting that leans to the left

  3. backhandnoun

    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. backhandnoun

    The reverse side of the human hand.

  5. backhandverb

    to execute a backhand stroke or throw

  6. backhandverb

    to slap with the back of one's hand

  7. backhandadjective

    Of any left slanting handwriting

  8. backhandadjective

    In the backhand style

  9. backhandadjective

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

    He scored on a backhand shot.


  1. backhand

    Backhand generally refers to a type of stroke used in racket sports such as tennis, badminton, and squash, often executed from the left side of a right-handed player. It involves swinging the racket across one's body with the back of the hand preceding the palm. More broadly, it can refer to any move or act performed using the back of the hand.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backhandnoun

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

  2. Backhandadjective

    sloping from left to right; -- said of handwriting

  3. Backhandadjective

    backhanded; indirect; oblique


  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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backhand in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backhand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of backhand in a Sentence

  1. Roger Federer:

    I would hope that over the years I've always improved, i think I'm serving more consistent and stronger than I ever have. I think my backhand is working better than it has in the past as well.

  2. Novak Djokovic:

    He has probably the best one?handed backhand on the tour. No question one of the best one?handed backhands that I have seen in tennis, very powerful and can create a lot of spin, a lot of rotation on the ball. Novak Djokovic can hit it flat down the line. Novak Djokovic can block the ball very well. Novak Djokovic has a short slice, long slice. Novak Djokovic has a lot of variety from that part of Novak Djokovic baseline game.

  3. Sabine Lisicki:

    It's unbelievable, it's such a great feeling to be part of such a great match. Sabine Lisicki saved a match point with an unbelievable backhand. I could not have done much different there and then I saved three match points in the third set.

  4. Rafa Nadal:

    Yeah, everything worries me about Dimitrov, he's a very good player. He serves well, very good forehand. Backhand, too. Slice also.

  5. Del Potro:

    My game is to serve strong and try and make winners with my forehand, if my backhand is okay, I will be aggressive with it in the future.

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