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{adj: broken-backed, hogged} (of a ship) so weakened as to sag at each end

{n: Geastrum coronatum} an earthstar with a bluish spore sac and a purplish brown gleba; at maturity the outer layer splits into rays that bend backward and elevate the spore sac

{n: Sisyphus} (Greek legend) a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hill; each time the boulder neared the top it rolled back down and Sisyphus was forced to start again

{n: alto relievo, alto rilievo, high relief} a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
<-> low relief

{n: antepenult, antepenultima, antepenultimate} the 3rd syllable of a word counting back from the end

{n: back matter, end matter} written matter following the main text of a book

{n: back, dorsum} the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
"his back was nicely tanned"

{n: backbend} an acrobatic feat in which the trunk is bent backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floor

{n: bas relief, low relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo} a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut
<-> high relief

{n: buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass} the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
"he deserves a good kick in the butt"
"are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

{n: cuff, turnup} the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg

{n: defect, fault, flaw} an imperfection in a device or machine
"if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"

{n: free throw lane} a lane on a basketball court extending from the end line to 15 feet in front of the backboard; players may not enter this lane during a free throw

{n: posteriority} the quality of being toward the back or toward the rear end
<-> anteriority

{n: rear, backside, back end} the side of an object that is opposite its front
"his room was toward the rear of the hotel"
<-> front

{n: service line, baseline} the back line bounding each end of a tennis or handball court; when serving the server must not step over this line

{n: spider} predatory arachnid that usually has silk-spinning organs at the back end of the body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey

{n: supporter, protagonist, champion, admirer, booster, friend} a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
"all their supporters came out for the game"
"they are friends of the library"

{n: white chocolate} a blend of cocoa butter and milk solids and sugar and vanilla; used in candy bars and backing and coatings; not technically chocolate because it contains no chocolate liquor

{n: wingback} the position of the offensive back who lines up behind or outside the end

{v: ascend} go back in order of genealogical succession
"Inheritance may not ascend linearly"

{v: bounce} refuse to accept and send back
"bounce a check"

{v: check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back} hold back, as of a danger or an enemy ; check the expansion or influence of
"Arrest the downward trend"
"Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"
"Contain the rebel movement"
"Turn back the tide of communism"

{v: crouch, stoop, bend, bow} bend one's back forward from the waist on down
"he crouched down"
"She bowed before the Queen"
"The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"

{v: embrace, encompass, comprehend, cover} include in scope ; include as part of something broader ; have as one's sphere or territory
"This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"
"this should cover everyone in the group"

{v: fall over backwards, bend over backwards} try very hard to please someone
"She falls over backwards when she sees her mother-in-law"

{v: fight back} defend oneself

{v: fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend} fight against or resist strongly
"The senator said he would oppose the bill"
"Don't fight it!"

{v: incurvate} bend inwards
"The body incurvates a little at the back"

{v: recommit} send back to a committee
"The bill was recommitted three times in the House"

{v: recurve} curve or bend (something) back or down

{v: reecho} repeat or return an echo again or repeatedly ; send (an echo) back

{v: reflect, reverberate} to throw or bend back or reflect (from a surface)
"A mirror in the sun can reflect light into a person's eyes"
"Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"

{v: remit, remand, send back} refer (a matter or legal case) to another committe or authority or court for decision

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

{v: resuspend} put back into suspension
"resuspend particles"

{v: retroflex, replicate} bend or turn backward

{v: run, go, pass, lead, extend} stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope ; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
"Service runs all the way to Cranbury"
"His knowledge doesn't go very far"
"My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"
"The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"

{v: snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back} cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
"dress the plants in the garden"

{v: widen, broaden, extend} extend in scope or range or area
"The law was extended to all citizens"
"widen the range of applications"
"broaden your horizon"
"Extend your backyard"

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