a word formed by omitting the last part of the form from which it is derived.
backdrop (def 1). Historical Examples But the first act, with the Kentish lanes and woods for a back-cloth, must have been charming. They and I Jerome K. Jerome Here, a back-cloth with trees and something to do as a fountain basin. Three Plays Luigi Pirandello I want the back-cloth to be a city, not to […]
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a sparsely populated rural region remote from a settled area. Australian. a remote, undeveloped part of a large farm or cattle station. Historical Examples Let us first examine the northern part of the movement into the back country. The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner Some Loyalists were deported to the wilderness in the […]
Basketball. the half of a court in which the basket being defended is located. Tennis. the part of a tennis court between the base line and the line, parallel to the net, that marks the in-bounds limit of a service. Compare forecourt (def 2). Contemporary Examples The hardest working man in the center business is […]
to cross (a hybrid of the first generation) with either of its parents. an instance of such crossing. verb to mate (a hybrid of the first generation) with one of its parents noun the offspring so produced the act or process of backcrossing backcross back·cross (bāk’krôs’) v. back·crossed, back·cross·ing, back·cross·es To cross a hybrid with […]