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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But there are many farm fields around me where my backstop is a mile from the nearest road, and for those thinking they don't have access think again.
If you are having trouble finding a range in your area and you live in the country you can build your own backstop by mounding up a dirt pile about 4 feet high and 6 feet long and shoot into that, just make sure the area behind the backstop is safe.
I agree with KJ, a few footpounds of energy dumped on a backstop is okay!
Also, it should be noted that this approach of import-allowance-requirements is included as a long-term backstop in Waxman-Markey if the president determines by 2022 that the output-based allocation mechanism is insufficient for some of the energy-intensive trade-sensitive sectors (and if a number of stringent conditions are met; see the "International Reserve Allowance Program" in the bill).
The big backstop is below average behind the plate but not bad with the bat.
And, the long-term backstop for domestic shortfalls - demand for exports have plunged sending the trade balance into a record deficit.
That is more like it, the Government acting as a short term backstop, in and out as quickly as possible leaving ingenuity and private surplus funds to do what they do best.
Huntsman family shareholders Monday also have agreed to make a cash payment to the so-called backstop payment of at least $416.5 million.
Another quirk the Twins are getting used to at Target Field is the backstop, which is also limestone and sits just 46 feet from home plate, creating some lightning-quick bounces back to the catcher.
The backstop is a huge problem; it is way too small.