Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Swept, angled, or slanting backward: a backswept hairstyle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Swept back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. aligned from front to back; slanted toward the back; -- used of hair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used of hair

Etymologies

back +‎ swept (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The clerk was a small man of indeterminate age, and in spite of working in a wig shop, his own black-died backswept hair was thin and flecked with dandruff.

    Babylon Nights

  • Primarily artifacts of the 1950s, rocketship movies inevitably featured square-jawed American heroes, evil villains (who were more than likely Godless Commies) and sleek, cigar-shaped craft fitted out with graceful, backswept fins and needle-shaped antennae at the nose.

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  • Weapons mounts sprouted from every possible angle—Sisko, eyes narrowing, counted four projections that should be phaser mounts on just one of the down-curved, backswept wings—and the hull was laced with what appeared to be sensor points.

    Proud Helios

  • He described the aircraft as being silver in color (except for the underside of the tail and nose which were painted black), and having single, backswept tapered wings.

    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT

  • The sleek, backswept wings, the double bubble of the canopy perched almost too far up on the aircraft, its sleek, aerodynamically sound nose.

    Arctic Fire

  • As he accelerated, his wings folded themselves to their sixty-eight-degree backswept configuration, and a moment later he slid smoothly through the sound barrier.

    Countdown

  • He wore the latest backswept wig, and his coat was cut velvet, embroidered all over with hundreds of frivolous silk butterflies.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • The MiGs dropped like hawks stooping on their prey, four silver-gray aircraft with backswept delta wings.

    Carrie

  • Tombstone could see the silvery arc of one of the Russian's outboard turboprops, could see the markings painted on the backswept wing, a huge red star bordered in white.

    Carrie

  • Swamp buffaloes are slate gray, droopy necked, and ox-like, with massive backswept horns that make them favorite subjects for postcards and wooden statuettes in the Far East.

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