Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or furnished with a back or backing. Often used in combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In archery, having the back made of a separate piece from the belly: said of a bow. See bow.
  • In composition, having a back (with the quality or characteristic noted in the first part of the word): as, a high-backed chair; hump-backed; broad-backed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a back; fitted with a back. Used in composition.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of back.
  • adjective obsolete, slang Dead; put on one's back.
  • adjective in combination Having specified type of back.
  • adjective in combination Having specified type of backing.

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

  • adjective used of film that is coated on the side opposite the emulsion with a substance to absorb light
  • adjective having a back or backing, usually of a specified type

Etymologies

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From back (verb)

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From back (noun) +‎ -ed

Examples

  • Now officials are looking to apply it to other markets, such as those for securities backed by commercial real-estate loans and "private label" mortgages that aren't tied to the big U. S.-backed mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Treasury Turns to Fed to Spur Lending

  • A U. N.-backed war-crimes tribunal is now going after alleged war criminals -- most recently Taylor himself, indicted last month on charges that he'd backed drug-crazed guerrillas in return for access to rebel-dug Sierra Leonean diamonds.

    Days Of Hope, Days Of Fear

  • Now, Lebanon's western backed, U. S.-backed prime minister, has called this nothing short of a coup.

    CNN Transcript Jan 23, 2007

  • That puts them quite a bit ahead of the alliance backed by the, or, rather, the alliance headed by the U. S.-backed interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi.

    CNN Transcript Feb 5, 2005

  • It became a proxy battle of the Cold War, with the Marxist government backed by Cuba and the former Soviet Union facing off with South African - and U. S.-backed UNITA.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Dolorfino said the 30-man marine platoon was backed by other troops deployed to block the escape of the militants from their encampment on Jolo, where the militants have operated for years despite a U. S.-backed military campaign against them.

    Nashuatelegraph.com: Breaking News | Web Feeds

  • Dolorfino said the 30-man marine platoon was backed by other troops deployed to block the escape of the militants from their encampment on Jolo, where the militants have operated for years despite a U. S.-backed military campaign against them.

    The Shad Plank

  • He said the 30-man marine platoon was backed by other troops deployed to block the escape of the militants from their encampment on Jolo, where the militants have operated for years despite a U. S.-backed military campaign against them.

    The Times of India

  • He said the 30-man marine platoon was backed by other troops deployed to block the escape of the militants from their encampment on Jolo, where the militants have operated for years despite a U. S.-backed military campaign against them.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • He said the 30-man marine platoon was backed by other troops deployed to block the escape of the militants from their encampment on Jolo, where the militants have operated for years despite a U. S.-backed military campaign against them.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

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