Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A band that passes over the back of a horse and holds up the shafts of a carriage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The band which passes over the back of a horse and holds up the shafts of a carriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A broad strap or chain passing over the saddle of a cart- or carriage-horse, and used to support the shafts. Called in Scotland a rigwiddie.

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

  • n. a broad band that passes over the back of a horse and supports the shafts of a vehicle

Etymologies

back +‎ band (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was only a trip, but as he got up and faced about looking for the remains of the sled, the harness, tugged by the reins, crowded on his neck — backband, collar, hames, chains and all.

    My Tropic Isle

  • It was only a trip, but as he got up and faced about looking for the remains of the sled, the harness, tugged by the reins, crowded on his neck -- backband, collar, hames, chains and all.

    My Tropic Isle

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