from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sports A stroke or motion, as of a racket, made with the back of the hand facing outward and the arm moving forward.
- n. Sports A pass or shot in hockey made with the back of the blade of the stick.
- n. Sports A catch made in baseball by reaching across the body with the palm turned toward the ball.
- n. Handwriting characterized by letters that slant to the left.
- adj. Made with or using a backhand.
- adv. With a backhanded stroke or motion.
- transitive v. Sports To perform, catch, or hit with a backhand: She backhanded the ball crosscourt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a stroke made across the chest from the off-hand side to the racquet hand side; a stroke during which the back of the hand faces the shot.
- n. Handwriting that leans to the left
- n. the standard throw; a throw during which the disc begins on the off-hand side and travels across the chest to be released from the opposite side.
- n. The reverse side of the human hand.
- v. to execute a backhand stroke or throw
- v. to slap with the back of one's hand
- adj. Of any left slanting handwriting
- adj. In the backhand style
- adj. Of a play that uses the back side of the hockey stick
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of handwriting in which the downward slope of the letters is from left to right.
- n. The stroke of a ball with a racket or paddle, in which head of the racket starts from the side of the body opposite to that of the arm in which the racket is held, and proceeds forward to meet the ball. Contrasted with
- adj. Sloping from left to right; -- said of handwriting.
- adj. Backhanded; indirect; oblique.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Writing which slopes backward or to the left: as, he writes backhand.
- n. In tennis, the position behind the principal player.
- Backhanded; unfavorable; unfair: as, a backhand influence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hit a tennis ball backhand
- adj. (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
- adj. (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward
- n. a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
From back + hand (Wiktionary)