from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sports A screen or fence used to prevent a ball from being thrown or hit far out of a playing area, as in baseball.
- n. Baseball A catcher.
- n. Something that supports or bolsters.
- transitive v. To serve as a backstop for.
- transitive v. To support or bolster: "The firm lacks a topflight strategic-consulting arm to backstop its technology gurus” ( Alex Beam).
- transitive v. To substitute for (another) in an emergency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device that prevents railroad cars from rolling off a railroad track.
- n. A wall behind home plate.
- n. A catcher; the position of catcher
- v. To serve as backstop for.
- v. To bolster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In baseball, a fence, prop. at least 90 feet behind the home base, to stop the balls that pass the catcher; also, the catcher himself.
- n. In rounders, the player who stands immediately behind the striking base.
- n. In cricket, the longstop; also, the wicket keeper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In base-ball, a fence placed a short distance behind the catcher to stop the ball if he fails to catch it.
- n. In base-ball, the catcher. See def. 1.
- n. A stop or pawl designed to check the backward movement of a wheel; a detent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act as a backstop
- n. (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
- n. (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
- n. a precaution in case of an emergency
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