Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fall or throw on the back in wrestling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fall or throw on the back in wrestling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In wrestling, a fall or trip-up in which a wrestler is thrown upon his back.
  • n. In music, an obsolete melodic decoration, nearly like the modern long appoggiatura: called a double backfall when prolonged.
  • n. In organ-building, a lever whose front end is raised by the motion of a digital or pedal transmitted through a sticker (which see), its back end being correspondingly depressed: a device for transforming upward motion into downward.

Etymologies

back +‎ fall (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Paul accepted, and in another month was back in London, resolute to try a new backfall with the world.

    Despair's Last Journey

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