What does backhand mean?

Definitions for backhand
ˈbækˌhændback·hand

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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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

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.

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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. Rafa Nadal:

    Having a break early in the second set definitely helped my confidence, but then, I think, I played more aggressively with my forehand and when I play more aggressively with my forehand, then the backhand becomes better.

  2. Novak Djokovic:

    It was tough, Edmund is playing really well, he won our last encounter on clay, he has just improved a lot in his game, especially the backhand side. The forehand we know is a big weapon, and he is serving better. Losing the first set was not an ideal situation for me but somehow (I) managed to come back.

  3. 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.

  4. Anders Lee:

    Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk, Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton also scored for Philadelphia, and Carter Hart made a career-high 49 saves. The Flyers won a third overtime game in a postseason series for the first time. Carter Hart kept us in this game, Giroux said. Carter Hart made some huge saves for us and I was pretty glad to see Provys shot go in there. Mathew Barzals and Derick Brassard each had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee and Matt Martin also scored for New York, which trailed 2-0 midway through the first period before taking leads of 3-2 and 4-3. Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots. Its an unfortunate play there at the end, but it happens, Mathew Barzals said. Now its a winner-take-all Game 7. Game 7 is Saturday, with the winner advancing to face Tampa Bay in the conference finals Philadelphia had a chance on a flurry in front of The Islanders net early in the second overtime, but Semyon Varlamov stopped the puck and Pelech dove at the loose puck to keep it out with his stick and glove. After Pelech lost the puck on a shot attempt when his stick broke, The Flyers pushed it up the ice and Provorov got a pass from Kevin Hayes and beat Semyon Varlamov. I saw their defenseman broke his stick, Haysie was carrying the puck in and I knew he was going to try to make a play, Provorov said. He threw the puck up front, I got it and their forward was sliding into the lane so I shot it opposite side and tired to go top corner and got it there. Carter Hart had 38 saves in regulation. Carter Hart made several nice stops in the first extra period, including a save on Jordan Eberles backhand midway through. Our shots were there, our chances were there for sure.

  5. Kei Nishikori:

    It's never easy playing Benoit. He has a great serve and a great backhand, i think the key was the longest game at 2-1 in the first set. I was able to get the game. I was more confident. If he broke back, anything could have happened. It was a good match.

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