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  • English Word Backshish Definition In Egypt and the Turkish empire, a gratuity; a "tip".
  • English Word Backside Definition The hinder part, posteriors, or rump of a person or animal.
  • English Word Backsight Definition The reading of the leveling staff in its unchanged position when the leveling instrument has been taken to a new position; a sight directed backwards to a station previously occupied. Cf. Foresight, n., 3.
  • English Word Backslid Definition of Backslide
  • English Word Backslid Definition of Backslide
  • English Word Backslidden Definition of Backslide
  • English Word Backslide Definition To slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the faith and practice of a religion that has been professed.
  • English Word Backslider Definition One who backslides.
  • English Word Backsliding Definition of Backslide
  • English Word Backsliding Definition Slipping back; falling back into sin or error; sinning.
  • English Word Backsliding Definition The act of one who backslides; abandonment of faith or duty.
  • English Word Backstaff Definition An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the heavenly bodies, but now superseded by the quadrant and sextant; -- so called because the observer turned his back to the body observed.
  • English Word Backstair Definition Private; indirect; secret; intriguing; -- as if finding access by the back stairs.
  • English Word Backstairs Definition Alt. of Backstair
  • English Word Backstay Definition A rope or stay extending from the masthead to the side of a ship, slanting a little aft, to assist the shrouds in supporting the mast.
  • English Word Backstay Definition A rope or strap used to prevent excessive forward motion.
  • English Word Backster Definition A backer.
  • English Word Backstitch Definition A stitch made by setting the needle back of the end of the last stitch, and bringing it out in front of the end.
  • English Word Backstitch Definition To sew with backstitches; as, to backstitch a seam.
  • English Word Backstress Definition A female baker.
  • English Word Backsword Definition In England, a stick with a basket handle, used in rustic amusements; also, the game in which the stick is used. Also called singlestick.
  • English Word Backsword Definition A sword with one sharp edge.
  • English Word Backward Definition Not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward state.
  • English Word Backward Definition To keep back; to hinder.
  • English Word Backward Definition The state behind or past.
  • English Word Backward Definition Already past or gone; bygone.
  • English Word Backward Definition Late or behindhand; as, a backward season.
  • English Word Backward Definition Not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; dull; inapt; as, a backward child.
  • English Word Backward Definition Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath.
  • English Word Backward Definition Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances.