Definitions

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

  • noun The act or process of pulling back, especially an orderly troop withdrawal.
  • noun A device for holding or drawing back.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which keeps one back or restrains; a drawback.
  • noun In modern costume for women, a contrivance by which the folds of the skirt behind were held together closely, so that the skirt in front was drawn tightly and hung straight down. It was in fashion about 1885.

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

  • noun That which holds back, or causes to recede; a drawback; a hindrance.
  • noun (Arch) The iron hook fixed to a casement to pull it shut, or to hold it party open at a fixed point.

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

  • noun The act or result of pulling back; a withdrawal
  • noun That which holds back, or causes to recede; a drawback; a hindrance.
  • noun architecture The iron hook fixed to a casement to pull it shut, or to hold it partly open at a fixed point.
  • noun finance A reduction in the price of a financial instrument after reaching a peak
  • noun category theory Given a pair of morphisms and with a common codomain, Z, their pullback is a pair of morphisms and as well as their common domain, P, such that the equation is satisfied, and for which there is the universal property that for any other object Q for which there are also morphisms , ; there is a unique morphism such that and .

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

  • noun (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops)
  • noun a device (as a decorative loop of cord or fabric) for holding or drawing something back
  • verb use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
  • verb move to a rearward position; pull towards the back
  • verb stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)
  • verb pull back or move away or backward
  • verb make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

Etymologies

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pull +‎ back

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