Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To go back over the course by which one has come.
  • intransitive verb To return to a previous point or subject, as in a lecture or discussion.
  • intransitive verb To reverse one's position or policy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act of backtracking
  • verb to retrace one's steps
  • verb to repeat or review work already done
  • verb aviation To taxi down an active runway in the opposite direction to that being used for takeoff

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

  • verb retrace one's course

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Examples

  • It may also lead to a situation in which it is not always possible to backtrack from a citation to a source, because somewhere along the way somebody decided a certain, necessary piece of information was unnecessary.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Case for Abolishing the Bluebook

  • And some may even be trying to backtrack from the political fallout that the desafuero has caused.

    Archive 2005-04-01

  • At the same time, thousands of conservative politicians will face a dreadful choice: backtrack from the anti-abortion ground they have staked out and risk infuriating their pro-life base; or deliver on their promise to eliminate the right to abortion, and risk the wrath of a moderate, pro-choice majority.

    Letting Go of Roe

  • At the same time, thousands of conservative politicians will face a dreadful choice: backtrack from the anti-abortion ground they have staked out and risk infuriating their pro-life base; or deliver on their promise to eliminate the right to abortion, and risk the wrath of a moderate, pro-choice majority.

    Letting Go of Roe

  • And some may even be trying to backtrack from the political fallout that the desafuero has caused.

    La Profesora Abstraida

  • It is being thoroughly abused to track -- pardon, 'backtrack' -- the phone records of everyday mainstream reporters.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Bush's Lips are Moving So We Know He's Lying - Patriot Act Used to Tap Reporters

  • It is being thoroughly abused to track -- pardon, "backtrack" -- the phone records of everyday mainstream reporters.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Bush's Lips are Moving So We Know He's Lying - Patriot Act Used to Tap Reporters

  • Underscoring why he won't debate on Hardwick's show, Davis is trying to backtrack, which is hard when you clearly harbor animus towards the subject matter:

    Buffalo Pundit

  • Underscoring why he won't debate on Hardwick's show, Davis is trying to backtrack, which is hard when you clearly harbor animus towards the subject matter:

    WNYMedia

  • Underscoring why he won't debate on Hardwick's show, Davis is trying to backtrack, which is hard when you clearly harbor animus towards the subject matter:

    WNYMedia

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