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axiom
noun Etymology: Latin axioma, from Greek axiōma, literally, something worthy, from axioun to think worthy, from axios worth, worthy; akin to Greek agein to weigh, drive — more ...
axiom of choice
Date: 1942 an axiom in set theory that is equivalent to Zorn's lemma: for every collection of nonempty sets there is a function which chooses an element from each set
axiomatic
adjective Etymology: Middle Greek axiōmatikos, from Greek, honorable, from axiōmat-, axiōma Date: 1797 1. taken for granted ; self-evident 2. based on or involving an ...
axiomatically
adverb see axiomatic
axiomatisation
chiefly British variant of axiomatization
axiomatization
noun Date: 1931 the act or process of reducing to a system of axioms • axiomatize transitive verb
axiomatize
transitive verb see axiomatization
axion
noun Etymology: axial + 2-on Date: 1978 a hypothetical subatomic particle of low mass and energy that is postulated to exist because of certain properties of the strong ...
axis
noun (plural axes) Etymology: Latin, axis, axle; akin to Old English eax axis, axle, Greek axōn, Lithuanian ašis, Sanskrit akṣaḥ Date: 14th century 1. a. a straight ...
Axis
adjective Date: 1938 of or relating to the three powers Germany, Italy, and Japan engaged against the Allied nations in World War II
axis deer
noun Etymology: New Latin Axis, genus name, from Latin axis, a wild quadruped of India Date: 1817 a deer (Axis axis) of India and surrounding areas having brownish hair with ...
axis mundi
foreign term Etymology: Latin turning point of the world ; line through the earth's center around which the universe revolves
axis of symmetry
noun see axis
axisymmetric
also axisymmetrical adjective Etymology: axis + symmetric Date: 1893 symmetric in respect to an axis • axisymmetry noun
axisymmetrical
adjective see axisymmetric
axisymmetry
noun see axisymmetric
axle
noun Etymology: Middle English axel- (as in axeltre) Date: 14th century 1. a. a pin or shaft on or with which a wheel or pair of wheels revolves b. (1) a fixed bar ...
axletree
noun Etymology: Middle English axeltre, from Old Norse ǫxultrē, from ǫxull axle + trē tree Date: 14th century axle 1b(1)
axman
noun Date: 1671 one who wields an ax
Axminster
noun Etymology: Axminster, town in England Date: 1844 a machine-woven carpet with pile tufts inserted mechanically in a variety of textures and patterns
axolotl
noun Etymology: Nahuatl āxōlōtl Date: circa 1768 any of several salamanders (genus Ambystoma especially A. mexicanum and A. tigrinum) of mountain lakes of Mexico and the ...
axon
also axone noun Etymology: New Latin axon, from Greek axōn Date: circa 1899 a usually long and single nerve-cell process that usually conducts impulses away from the cell ...
axonal
adjective see axon
axone
noun see axon
axonemal
adjective see axoneme
axoneme
noun Etymology: Greek axōn axis + nēma thread, from nēn to spin — more at needle Date: 1901 the fibrillar bundle of a flagellum or cilium that usually consists of nine ...
axonometric
adjective Etymology: Greek axōn axis + English -metric Date: 1908 being or prepared by the projection of objects on the drawing surface so that they appear inclined with ...
axoplasm
noun Etymology: axon + -plasm Date: 1900 the protoplasm of an axon • axoplasmic adjective
axoplasmic
adjective see axoplasm
Axum
geographical name — see Aksum • Axumite adjective or noun
Axumite
adjective or noun see Axum
ay
interjection Etymology: Middle French aymi ay me Date: 14th century — usually used with following me to express sorrow or regret
Ayacucho
geographical name town S Peru SE of Lima population 101,600
ayah
noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu āyā, from Portuguese aia, from Latin avia grandmother Date: 1779 a nurse or maid native to India
ayahuasca
noun Etymology: American Spanish Date: 1949 a hallucinogenic beverage prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine (Banisteriopsis caapi of the family ...
ayatollah
noun Etymology: Persian āyatollāh, literally, sign of God, from Arabic āyatallāh, from āya sign, miracle + allāh God Date: 1950 a religious leader among Shiite Muslims ...
Aydın
geographical name city SW Turkey SE of Izmir population 107,011
aye
I. adverb also ay Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse ei; akin to Old English ā always, Latin aevum age, lifetime, Greek aiōn age Date: 13th century always, ...
aye-aye
noun Etymology: French, from Malagasy aiay Date: circa 1781 a small primitive nocturnal forest-dwelling primate (Daubentonia madagascariensis) of northern Madagascar that has ...
Ayer
biographical name Sir Alfred Jules 1910-1989 English philosopher
Ayers Rock
geographical name outcrop central Australia in SW Northern Territory; 1143 feet (348 meters) high
AYH
abbreviation American Youth Hostels
ayin
noun Etymology: Hebrew ‘ayin, literally, eye Date: 1823 the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see alphabet table
Aylesbury
geographical name town SE central England capital of Buckinghamshire population 41,288
Aylmer
geographical name town Canada in SW Quebec population 36,085
Aylwin Azócar
biographical name Patricio 1918- president of Chile (1990-94)
Aymara
noun (plural Aymara or Aymaras) Etymology: Spanish aymará Date: 1842 1. a member of an Indian people of Bolivia, Peru, and northern Chile 2. the language of the Aymara ...
Ayr
geographical name 1. (or Ayrshire) former county SW Scotland 2. burgh & port SW Scotland population 49,481
Ayrshire
noun Etymology: Ayrshire, Scotland Date: 1856 any of a breed of hardy dairy cattle developed in Ayr and usually marked with blotches of red or brown with white
ayurveda
noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Sanskrit āyurvedaḥ, from āyuḥ life, vital power + vedaḥ knowledge Date: 1788 a form of holistic alternative medicine that is ...
ayurvedic
adjective see ayurveda
Ayutthaya
or in full Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya geographical name city S Thailand N of Bangkok population 60,561
az
abbreviation 1. azimuth 2. azure
AZ
abbreviation Arizona
az-
or azo- combining form Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from French azote nitrogen, from a- 2a- + -zote, probably from Greek zōtikos maintaining life, from zōē ...
Az-Zaqāzīq
geographical name — see Zagazig
aza-
or az- combining form Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary az- + -a- containing nitrogen in place of carbon and usually the divalent group NH for the group CH2 or a ...
azalea
noun Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from Greek, feminine of azaleos dry, from azein to parch, dry; akin to Hittite ḫat- to dry up and probably to Latin ador emmer Date: ...
Azaña y Diaz
biographical name Manuel 1880-1940 Spanish politician; president of Spain (1936-39)
azathioprine
noun Etymology: aza- + thi- + purine Date: 1962 a purine antimetabolite C9H7N7O2S used especially as an immunosuppressant
Azazel
noun Etymology: Hebrew ‘ăzāzēl Date: 1674 an evil spirit of the wilderness to which a scapegoat was sent by the ancient Hebrews in a ritual of atonement
azeotrope
noun Etymology: 2a- + zeo- (from Greek zein to boil) + -trope something changed, from Greek tropos turn — more at yeast, trope Date: 1938 a liquid mixture that is ...
Azerbaijan
geographical name 1. (or ancient Atropatene) (or Media Atropatene) region NW Iran; chief city Tabriz 2. independent country SE Europe bordering on Caspian Sea; a constituent ...
Azerbaijani
noun (plural Azerbaijanis; also Azerbaijani) Etymology: Persian āzarbāyjānī, from Āzarbāyjān Azerbaijan Date: circa 1909 1. a member of a Turkic-speaking people of ...
Azeri
noun Etymology: Turkish Azeri & Azerbaijani azäri, ultimately from Arabic ādhar-, short for Ādharbayjān Azerbaijan Date: 1979 Azerbaijani
azide
noun Date: circa 1904 a compound containing the group N3 combined with an element or radical
azido
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary azide + -o- Date: circa 1926 relating to or containing the monovalent group N3 — often used in combination
azidothymidine
noun Date: 1974 AZT
azimuth
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin azimut, from Arabic al-sumūt the azimuth, plural of al-samt the way Date: 14th century 1. an arc of the horizon measured ...
azimuthal
adjective see azimuth
azimuthal equidistant projection
noun Date: 1942 a map projection of the surface of the earth so centered at any given point that a straight line radiating from the center to any other point represents the ...
azimuthally
adverb see azimuth
Azincourt
geographical name — see Agincourt
azine
noun Date: 1887 a compound of the general formula RCH=NN=CHR or R2C=NN=CR2 formed by the action of hydrazine on aldehydes or ketones
azo
adjective Etymology: az- Date: circa 1879 relating to or containing the divalent group N=N united at both ends to carbon
azo dye
noun Date: 1884 any of numerous dyes containing azo groups
azo-
combining form see az-
azoic
adjective Etymology: 2a- + Greek zōē life — more at quick Date: 1845 having no living beings; especially of or relating to the part of geologic time that antedates life ...
azole
noun Date: circa 1899 any of numerous compounds characterized by a 5-membered ring containing at least one nitrogen atom
azonal
adjective Date: 1938 of, relating to, or being a soil or a major group of soils lacking well-developed horizons often because of immaturity — compare intrazonal, zonal
azoospermia
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek azoos lifeless (from a- 2a- + zōē life) + sperma semen, seed — more at sperm Date: circa 1881 absence of spermatozoa from the seminal ...
Azorean
adjective or noun see Azores
Azores
or Portuguese Açores geographical name islands N Atlantic belonging to Portugal & lying about 800 miles (1287 kilometers) off coast of Portugal; chief town Ponta Delgada area ...
Azorian
adjective or noun see Azores
azotemia
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary azote nitrogen + New Latin -emia — more at az- Date: circa 1900 an excess of urea or other nitrogenous wastes in the ...
azotemic
adjective see azotemia
azoth
noun Etymology: Medieval Latin, alteration of azoc, from Arabic al-zā'ūq the mercury Date: 15th century 1. mercury regarded by alchemists as the first principle of metals ...
azotobacter
noun Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from International Scientific Vocabulary azote + New Latin bacterium Date: 1910 any of a genus (Azotobacter) of large rod-shaped or ...
azoturia
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary azote + New Latin -uria Date: circa 1838 an abnormal condition of horses characterized by muscle damage especially to the ...
Azov, Sea of
geographical name gulf of the Black Sea E of Crimea connected with the Black Sea by the Kerch Strait area 14,517 square miles (37,599 square kilometers)
AZT
noun Date: 1985 an antiviral drug C10H13N5O4 that inhibits replication of some retroviruses (as HIV) and is used to treat AIDS — called also azidothymidine, zidovudine
Aztec
noun Etymology: Spanish azteca, from Nahuatl aztēcah, plural of aztēcatl Date: 1814 1. a. a member of a Nahuatl-speaking people that founded the Mexican empire conquered ...
Aztec Ruins National Monument
geographical name reservation NW New Mexico NE of Farmington; site of a prehistoric pueblo
Aztecan
adjective see Aztec
azuki
variant of adzuki
azuki bean
variant of adzuki bean
azulejo
noun (plural -jos) Etymology: Portuguese or Spanish Date: circa 1889 a glazed usually blue ceramic tile originally of Portugal and Spain
azure
noun Etymology: Middle English asur, from Anglo-French azeure, probably from Old Spanish, modification of Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lāzhuward Date: 14th century 1. ...
azurite
noun Etymology: French, from azur azure Date: circa 1868 1. a mineral that consists of blue basic carbonate of copper and is a minor copper ore 2. a semiprecious stone ...
Azusa
geographical name city SW California ENE of Los Angeles population 44,712
azygos
I. noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, unyoked, from a- + zygon yoke — more at yoke Date: 1646 an azygos anatomical part II. adjective also azygous Date: 1681 not ...
azygous
adjective see azygos II
B
symbol boron
b
I. noun (plural b's or bs) Usage: often capitalized, often attributive Date: before 12th century 1. a. the second letter of the English alphabet b. a graphic ...
B and B
noun Date: 1953 bed-and-breakfast
B and E
abbreviation breaking and entering
b and w
abbreviation black and white
B cell
noun Etymology: B probably from bursa-derived (produced by the bursa of Fabricius Date: 1968 any of the lymphocytes that have antigen-binding antibody molecules on the ...
B complex
noun Date: 1934 vitamin B complex
B Gen
abbreviation see BG
B horizon
noun Date: 1938 a subsurface soil layer that is immediately beneath the A horizon from which it obtains organic matter chiefly by illuviation and is usually distinguished by ...
B lymphocyte
noun Date: 1971 B cell
B movie
noun Date: 1948 a cheaply produced motion picture
B picture
noun Date: circa 1937 B movie
B vitamin
noun Date: 1920 any vitamin of the vitamin B complex
b-ball
noun Usage: often capitalized first B Etymology: by shortening Date: 1967 basketball • b-baller noun, often capitalized first B
b-baller
noun see b-ball
B-boy
noun Etymology: b probably from break (solo instrumental passage) or break beat Date: 1981 a male who engages in the pursuit of hip-hop culture or adopts its styles
B-girl
noun Etymology: probably from bar + girl Date: 1936 a woman who entertains bar patrons and encourages them to spend freely
B-list
noun Date: 1967 a list or group of individuals who are prominent but not important or popular enough to be on the A-list
B-school
noun Etymology: business school Date: 1967 a school of business within a university
Ba
symbol barium
BA
abbreviation 1. bachelor of arts 2. batting average 3. Buenos Aires
Ba'athism
noun see Baathism
Ba'athist
noun or adjective see Baathism
baa
intransitive verb (baaed; baaing) Etymology: imitative Date: circa 1586 to make the bleat of a sheep • baa noun
BAA
abbreviation bachelor of applied arts
BAAE
abbreviation bachelor of aeronautical and astronautical engineering
baal
noun (plural baals or baalim) Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Hebrew ba‘al lord Date: 14th century any of numerous Canaanite and Phoenician local deities • baalism ...
Baalbek
geographical name town E Lebanon N of Damascus on site of ancient city of Heliopolis
baalism
noun see baal
baas
noun Etymology: Afrikaans, from Dutch Date: 1785 South African boss, master — used especially by nonwhites when speaking to or about Europeans in positions of authority
Baathism
or Ba'athism noun Etymology: Baath (Party) (part translation of Arabic ḥizb al-ba‘ath, literally, Renaissance Party) + -ism Date: 1963 the principles and policies of the ...
Baathist
noun or adjective see Baathism
Bab el Mandeb
geographical name strait between SW Arabia & Africa connecting Red Sea & Gulf of Aden
baba
noun Etymology: French, from Polish, literally, old woman Date: 1826 a rich cake soaked in a rum and sugar syrup — called also baba au rhum
baba au rhum
noun see baba
baba ghanouj
noun see baba ghanoush
baba ghanoush
or baba ghanouj noun Etymology: Arabic dialect bābaghanūj Date: 1977 an appetizer or spread made chiefly of eggplant, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon
Babar Islands
geographical name islands Indonesia ENE of Timor
babassu
noun Etymology: Portuguese babaçú, from Tupi *ɨβáwasú, from ɨβá fruit + -wasú large Date: 1917 a tall pinnate-leaved palm (Orbignya phalerata syn. O. barbosiana) of ...
Babbage
biographical name Charles 1791-1871 English mathematician & inventor
Babbitt
I. noun Etymology: George F. Babbitt, character in the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis Date: 1923 a person and especially a business or professional man who conforms ...
Babbittry
noun see Babbitt I
babble
verb (babbled; babbling) Etymology: Middle English babelen, probably of imitative origin Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. a. to talk enthusiastically or ...
babblement
noun see babble
babbler
noun see babble
babe
noun Etymology: Middle English, probably of imitative origin Date: 14th century 1. a. infant, baby b. slang girl, woman c. slang a person and especially a young woman ...
Babel
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Hebrew Bābhel, from Akkadian bāb-ilu gate of god Date: 14th century 1. a city in Shinar where the building of a tower is held in ...
Babelthuap
geographical name island W Pacific, chief island in Palau area 143 square miles (372 square kilometers)
babesia
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Victor Babeş died 1926 Roman bacteriologist Date: 1911 any of a genus (Babesia) of sporozoans parasitic in mammalian red blood cells (as in ...
babesiosis
noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1911 an infection with or disease caused by babesias
Babeuf
biographical name François-Noël 1760-1797 French agitator
Babington
biographical name Anthony 1561-1586 English conspirator against Queen Elizabeth I
Babinski reflex
noun Etymology: J.F.F. Babinski died 1932 French neurologist Date: 1900 a reflex movement in which when the sole is tickled the big toe turns upward instead of downward and ...
Babinski sign
noun see Babinski reflex
Babinski's reflex
noun see Babinski reflex
babirusa
noun Etymology: Malay, from babi pig + rusa deer Date: 1673 a large wild swine (Babyrousa babyrussa) of Indonesia
Babitty
adjective see Babbitt I
baboo
noun see babu
baboon
noun Etymology: Middle English babewin, from Middle French babouin, from baboue grimace Date: 15th century any of a genus (Papio) of large gregarious primates of Africa and ...
Babruysk
geographical name — see Bobruysk
babu
also baboo noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Hindi bābū, literally, father Date: 1776 1. a Hindu gentleman — a form of address corresponding to Mr. 2. a. an ...
babul
noun Etymology: Persian babūl Date: 1780 an acacia tree (Acacia nilotica syn. A. arabica) widespread in India and northern Africa that yields gum arabic and tannins as well ...
Bābur
biographical name 1483-1530 Zahīr-ud-Dīn Muhammad founder of Mogul dynasty of India; emperor (1526-30)
Baburen
biographical name Dirck van circa 1590-1624 Dutch painter
babushka
noun Etymology: Russian, grandmother, diminutive of baba old woman Date: 1938 1. a. a usually triangularly folded kerchief for the head b. a head covering (as a scarf) ...
Babuyan
geographical name chief island of the Babuyan group
Babuyan Islands
or Babuyanes geographical name islands of N Philippines N of Luzon area 225 square miles (585 square kilometers)
Babuyanes
geographical name see Babuyan Islands
baby
I. noun (plural babies) Etymology: Middle English, from babe Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) an extremely young child; especially infant (2) an extremely young ...
baby back ribs
noun plural Date: 1981 meaty pork ribs cut from the lower back rib section
baby blue
noun Date: 1889 1. a pale blue 2. plural blue eyes
baby blue eyes
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1887 a delicate blue-flowered California herb (Nemophila menziesii) of the waterleaf family
baby boom
noun Date: 1941 a marked rise in birthrate (as in the United States immediately following the end of World War II) • baby boomer noun
baby boomer
noun see baby boom
baby boomlet
noun Date: 1977 a small or secondary baby boom (as in the United States in the 1980's and 90's)
baby buggy
noun see baby carriage
baby bust
noun Date: 1971 a marked decline in birthrate • baby buster noun
baby buster
noun see baby bust
baby carriage
noun Date: 1866 a small four-wheeled carriage often with a folding top for pushing a baby around in — called also baby buggy
baby grand
noun Date: 1898 a small grand piano
baby oil
noun Date: 1950 a usually fragrant mineral oil that is used especially to moisturize and cleanse the skin; also any of various oils used similarly
baby talk
noun Date: 1823 1. a. the consciously imperfect or altered speech used by adults in speaking to small children b. the syntactically imperfect speech or phonetically ...
baby tooth
noun Date: 1865 milk tooth
baby's breath
noun Date: circa 1890 gypsophila; especially a perennial herb (Gypsophila paniculata) or an annual herb (G. elegans) commonly used in floral arrangements
babyhood
noun see baby I
babyish
adjective see baby I
Babylon
I. noun Etymology: Babylon, ancient city of Babylonia Date: 14th century a city devoted to materialism and sensual pleasure II. geographical name ancient city capital of ...
Babylonia
geographical name ancient country in valley of the lower Euphrates & the Tigris capital Babylon
Babylonian
I. noun Date: 1540 1. a native or inhabitant of ancient Babylonia or Babylon 2. the form of the Akkadian language used in ancient Babylonia II. adjective Date: 1567 1. ...
babysit
verb (babysat; -sitting) Etymology: back-formation from babysitter Date: 1947 intransitive verb to care for children usually during a short absence of the parents; broadly ...
babysitter
noun see babysit
BAC
abbreviation blood alcohol concentration
Bacau
geographical name city E central Romania population 193,269
baccalaureate
noun Etymology: Medieval Latin baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus bachelor, alteration of baccalarius Date: circa 1649 1. the degree of bachelor conferred by universities and ...
baccarat
noun Etymology: French baccara Date: 1865 a card game resembling chemin de fer in which three hands are dealt and players may bet either or both hands against the dealer's; ...
Bacchae
noun plural Etymology: Latin, from Greek Bakchai, from Bakchos Bacchus Date: 1639 1. the female attendants or priestesses of Bacchus 2. the women participating in the ...
bacchanal
I. noun Etymology: Latin, shrine of Bacchus, probably back-formation from Bacchanalia Date: 1550 1. a. orgy 2 b. orgy 3 2. a. a devotee of Bacchus; especially one ...
bacchanalia
noun (plural bacchanalia) Etymology: Latin, from Bacchus Date: 1591 1. plural, capitalized a Roman festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry 2. a. ...
bacchanalian
adjective or noun see bacchanalia
bacchant
noun (plural bacchants or bacchantes) Etymology: Latin bacchant-, bacchans, from present participle of bacchari to take part in the orgies of Bacchus Date: 1699 bacchanal ...
bacchante
noun Etymology: French, from Latin bacchant-, bacchans Date: 1579 a priestess or female follower of Bacchus
bacchic
adjective Usage: often capitalized Date: 1669 of, relating to, or suggestive of Bacchus or the Bacchanalia ; bacchanalian
Bacchus
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Bakchos Date: 14th century the Greek god of wine — called also Dionysus
Bach
I. biographical name Carl Philipp Emanuel 1714-1788 son of J.S. German composer II. biographical name Johann Christian 1735-1782 son of J.S. German organist & composer III. ...
bach
I. noun Date: 1855 bachelor 3a II. intransitive verb also batch Date: 1865 to live as a bachelor — often used with it III. noun Etymology: 2bach Date: 1925 New ...
bachelor
I. noun Etymology: Middle English bacheler, from Anglo-French Date: 14th century 1. a young knight who follows the banner of another 2. a person who has received what is ...
bachelor's button
noun Date: 1847 a European composite (Centaurea cyanus) having flower heads with usually blue, pink, or white rays that is often cultivated in North America — called also ...
bachelordom
noun see bachelor I
bachelorette
noun Date: 1935 an unmarried woman
bachelorhood
noun see bachelor I
bacillar
adjective see bacillary
bacillary
also bacillar adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin & New Latin bacillus Date: 1865 1. shaped like a rod; also consisting of small rods 2. of, relating to, or caused by ...
bacillus
noun (plural bacilli) Etymology: New Latin, from Medieval Latin, small staff, rod, diminutive of Latin baculus staff, alteration of baculum Date: circa 1879 1. any of a genus ...
bacitracin
noun Etymology: New Latin Bacillus subtilis (species of bacillus producing the toxin) + Margaret Tracy b ab 1936 American child in whose tissues it was found Date: 1945 a ...
Back
geographical name river 605 miles (974 kilometers) Canada in Nunavut rising along border with Northwest Territories & flowing ENE into Arctic Ocean
back
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bæc; akin to Old High German bah back, Old Norse bak Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) the rear part of the ...
back and fill
phrasal 1. to manage the sails of a ship so as to keep it clear of obstructions as it floats down with the current of a river or channel 2. to take opposite positions ...
back and forth
adverb Date: 1613 backward and forward; also between two places or persons
back away
intransitive verb Date: 1852 to move away (as from a stand on an issue or from a commitment)
back bacon
noun Date: 1947 chiefly British Canadian bacon
back burner
noun Date: 1963 the condition of being out of active consideration or development — usually used in the phrase on the back burner • back-burner transitive verb
back channel
noun Date: 1975 a secret, unofficial, or irregular means of communication • back-channel adjective
back dive
noun Date: circa 1934 a dive from a position facing the diving board
back down
intransitive verb Date: 1849 to withdraw from a commitment or position
back into
phrasal to get into inadvertently
back judge
noun Date: circa 1966 a football official whose duties include keeping the game's official time and identifying eligible pass receivers
back matter
noun Date: 1947 matter following the main text of a book
back mutation
noun Date: 1939 mutation of a previously mutated gene to its former condition
back of
preposition Date: 1694 behind
back of beyond
Date: 1816 a remote place
back of one's hand
or back of the hand phrasal a show of contempt
back of one's mind
phrasal the remote part of one's mind where thoughts and memories are stored to be drawn on
back of the hand
phrasal see back of one's hand
back off
intransitive verb Date: 1850 back down
back order
noun Date: circa 1929 a business order yet to be fulfilled because stock is unavailable
back out
intransitive verb Date: 1807 to withdraw especially from a commitment or contest
back room
noun Date: 1592 1. a room situated in the rear 2. the meeting place of a directing group that exercises its authority in an inconspicuous and indirect way
back talk
noun Date: 1858 impudent, insolent, or argumentative replies
back up
verb Date: 1837 intransitive verb to accumulate in a congested state transitive verb 1. to move into a position behind (a teammate) in order to assist on a play 2. ...
back-and-forth
noun Date: 1941 discussion 1, give-and-take; also exchange 1
back-burner
transitive verb see back burner
back-channel
adjective see back channel
back-check
intransitive verb Date: 1937 to skate back toward one's own goal while closely defending against the offensive rushes of an opposing player in ice hockey • back-checker noun
back-checker
noun see back-check
back-formation
noun Date: 1889 1. a word formed by subtraction of a real or supposed affix from an already existing longer word (as burgle from burglar) 2. the formation of ...
back-office
adjective Date: 1953 of or relating to the inner workings of a business or institution ; internal
back-order
transitive verb Date: 1950 to assign to the status of back order
back-scratching
noun Date: 1904 the reciprocal exchange of favors, services, assistance, or praise
back-to-back
adjective or adverb Date: 15th century 1. facing in opposite directions and often touching 2. coming one after the other ; consecutive
backache
noun Date: 1601 a pain in the lower back
backbeat
noun Date: 1928 a steady pronounced rhythm stressing the second and fourth beats of a four-beat measure
backbench
noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1855 a bench in a British legislature (as the House of Commons) occupied by rank-and-file members — compare front bench • backbencher ...
backbencher
noun see backbench
backbite
verb (-bit; -bitten; -biting) Date: 12th century transitive verb to say mean or spiteful things about (as one not present) intransitive verb to backbite a person • ...
backbiter
noun see backbite
backblock
noun Date: 1870 Australian & New Zealand boondocks 2 — usually used in plural
backboard
noun Date: 1761 1. a board placed at or serving as the back of something; especially a rounded or rectangular board behind the basket on a basketball court which serves to ...
backbone
noun Date: 14th century 1. spinal column, spine 2. something that resembles a backbone: as a. a chief mountain ridge, range, or system b. the foundation or most ...
backboned
adjective see backbone
backbreaker
noun see backbreaking
backbreaking
adjective Date: 1851 extremely arduous, exhausting, or demoralizing ; oppressive • backbreaker noun
backchat
noun Date: 1901 1. back talk 2. gossipy or bantering conversation
backcloth
noun Date: 1886 chiefly British backdrop

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