from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reserve supply or source.
- n. An accumulation, especially of unfinished work or unfilled orders.
- n. A large log at the back of a fire in a fireplace.
- transitive v. To acquire (something) as a backlog.
- intransitive v. To become a backlog; accumulate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An accumulation or buildup, especially of unfilled orders or unfinished work
- n. A reserve source or supply
- v. To acquire something as a backlog, or to become a backlog
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large stick of wood, forming the back of a fire on the hearth. Contrasted to
- n. An accumulation (of tasks or of materials) that were not performed or processed at the normal time and require attention.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large log placed at the back of an open wood-fire to sustain combustion and concentrate the heat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the large log at the back of a hearth fire
- n. something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
- v. accumulate and create a backlog
- n. 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)
back + log. 1680s; originally a large log at the back of a fire. Figurative sense from 1880s, meaning “ something stored up for later use”. Possibly influenced by logbook as well. (Wiktionary)