Definitions

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  • n. Land that lies behind or beyond some primary settlement or development.

Etymologies

back +‎ land (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The conservancies are located in the "backland" or upper stream catchment areas and comprise water-retaining embankments and structures.

    Water profile of Guyana

  • To guarantee an S. R.O crowd for their execution, Duvalier ordered all businesses closed and schools let out; backland peasants were trucked into Port-au-Prince.

    Ferentz LaFargue: Edwidge Danticat's Immigrant Artist at Work

  • Corlin stood at the edge of Seitforest and the backland domains of the north.

    Shadowfane

  • The backland hills lay studded with familiar compass-ring formations that marked a clansmen's camp; northwest held only darkness.

    Shadowfane

  • From the toolshed on the knolly backland of his farm, Gareth Brewster could see across the dark lumpy hills to the town's business center.

    In Other Worlds

  • He could struggle into Vaanland, register claim to this parcel of backland, and-and nothing.

    With Friends Like These...

  • He sat looking out of the window, glumly taking in the commercial spires in the distance; his sallow, yearning spirit seemed to have come forth from some mute backland in which his efforts had a bitter, pioneer necessity.

    Grub Street: New York

  • But nothing could have exceeded the loneliness of that shore and backland, palpitating under the flogging of a tropical sun.

    Moran of the Lady Letty

  • 'It seems to me that it is a backland site reached by way of a narrow access drive between residential properties,' she said.

    This Is Guernsey

  • In Wednesday's third set, Murray sent a backland long to surrender a break and a 5-4 lead to Del Potro, the Argentine ace then holding to claim the set.

    Turkish Press

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