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{adj: dull} lacking in liveliness or animation
"he was so dull at parties"
"a dull political campaign"
"a large dull impassive man"
"dull days with nothing to do"
"how dull and dreary the world is"
"fell back into one of her dull moods"
<-> lively

{adj: half-bound} (of books) having the back bound in one material and the sides in another

{adj: invertebrate, spineless} lacking a backbone or spinal column
"worms are an example of invertebrate animals"
<-> vertebrate

{adj: vertebrate} having a backbone or spinal column
"fishes and amphibians and reptiles and birds and mammals are verbetrate animals"
<-> invertebrate


{adv: back and forth, backward and forward, to and fro} moving from one place to another and back again
"he traveled back and forth between Los Angeles and New York"
"the treetops whipped to and fro in a frightening manner"
"the old man just sat on the porch and rocked back and forth all day"

{adv: immaculately} in an immaculate manner
"gone was the casually dressed Canadian she had thought a backwoodsman--this man was immaculately tailored"

{n: acoustic modem} a modem that converts electrical signals to telephone tones and back again

{n: aftermath, wake, backwash} the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
"the aftermath of war"
"in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured"

{n: alternation} successive change from one thing or state to another and back again

{n: back circle} a feat in which an acrobat arches the back from a prone position and bends the knees until the toes touch the head

{n: backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumption} fortitude and determination
"he didn't have the guts to try it"

{n: backbone} the part of a network that connects other networks together
"the backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic"

{n: background, background signal} extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured
"they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"

{n: backlog} an accumulation of jobs not done or materials not processed that are yet to be dealt with (especially unfilled customer orders for products or services)

{n: backscratcher} someone who is willing to trade favors or services for mutual advantage

{n: backslapper} someone who demonstrates enthusiastic or excessive cordiality

{n: backstitch} overlapping stitch made by starting next stitch at middle of preceding one

{n: ceras} one of the often brightly colored and branching hornlike structures on the back of the nudibranch (and other related mollusks) that serve as gills

{n: chair} a seat for one person, with a support for the back
"he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"

{n: chine} cut of meat or fish including at least part of the backbone

{n: cover} a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent)
"her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"

{n: defamer, maligner, slanderer, vilifier, libeler, backbiter, traducer} one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel

{n: embankment} a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection

{n: finder's fee} a fee that is paid to someone who finds a source of financial backing or to someone who brings people together for business purposes
"the agency got a finder's fee when their candidate was hired as the new CEO"

{n: hamstring, hamstring tendon} one of the tendons at the back of the knee

{n: invertebrate} any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification

{n: lumbar artery, arteria lumbalis} one of four or five pairs of arteries that originate in the abdominal aorta and supply the lumbar vertebrae and the back muscles and abdominal wall

{n: lunge, straight thrust, passado} (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward

{n: occipital bone} a saucer-shaped membrane bone that forms the back of the skull

{n: palatine, palatine bone, os palatinum} either of two irregularly shaped bones that form the back of the hard palate and helps to form the nasal cavity and the floor of the orbits

{n: posterior naris} either one of the two posterior openings at the back of the nasal cavity leading to the nasopharynx

{n: radial nerve, nervus radialis, musculospiral nerve} largest branch of the brachial plexus; extends down the humerus to the lateral epicondyle where it divides into one branch that goes to the skin on the back of the hand and another that goes to the underlying extensor muscles

{n: recidivist, backslider, reversionist} someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior

{n: relation back, relation} (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time
"his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"

{n: saddle} cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins

{n: sculler} someone who sculls (moves a long oar pivoted on the back of the boat to propel the boat forward)

{n: slapper, spanker} a hitter who slaps (usually another person) with an open hand
"someone slapped me on the back and I turned to see who the slapper was"
"my father was the designated spanker in our family"

{n: spine, backbone} the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved
"the title and author were printed on the spine of the book"

{n: split} extending the legs at right angles to the trunks (one in front and the other in back)

{n: square one} the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail
"the police are now back at square one after having arrested and released 27 men"
"she has tried to diet but always ends up back at square one"

{n: telephone, phone, telephone set} electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
"I talked to him on the telephone"

{n: transduction} the process whereby a transducer accepts energy in one form and gives back related energy in a different form
"the transduction of acoustic waves into voltages by a microphone"

{n: twelve-tone music, 12-tone music, twelve-tone system, 12-tone system} a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)

{v: backcross} mate a hybrid of the first generation with one of its parents

{v: call back} return or repeat a telephone call
"I am busy right now--can you call back in an hour?"
"She left a message but the contractor never called back"

{v: gain, advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground} obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
"The home team was gaining ground"
"After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"
<-> fall back

{v: integrate} become one ; become integrated
"The students at this school integrate immediately, despite their different backgrounds"

{v: look} perceive with attention ; direct one's gaze towards
"She looked over the expanse of land"
"Look at your child!"
"Look--a deer in the backyard!"

{v: pass} be identified, regarded, accepted, or mistaken for someone or something else ; as by denying one's own ancestry or background
"He could pass as his twin brother"
"She passed as a White woman even though her grandfather was Black"

{v: postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off} hold back to a later time
"let's postpone the exam"

{v: predate, precede, forego, antecede, antedate} be earlier in time ; go back further
"Stone tools precede bronze tools"
<-> postdate

{v: remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, think} recall knowledge from memory ; have a recollection
"I can't remember saying any such thing"
"I can't think what her last name was"
"can you remember her phone number?"
"Do you remember that he once loved you?"
"call up memories"
<-> forget

{v: repatriate} send someone back to his homeland against his will, as of refugees

{v: restore, reinstate, reestablish} bring back into original existence, use, function, or position
"restore law and order"
"reestablish peace in the region"
"restore the emperor to the throne"

{v: retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, withdraw} make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
"We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"
"He backed out of his earlier promise"
"The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"

{v: reward, repay, pay back} act or give recompensation in recognition of someone's behavior or actions

{v: second, back, endorse, indorse} give support or one's approval to
"I'll second that motion"
"I can't back this plan"
"endorse a new project"

{v: swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw} take back what one has said
"He swallowed his words"

{v: take back} resume a relationship with someone after an interruption, as in a wife taking back her husband


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