a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going too far beyond the normal playing area.
Baseball. the catcher.
a person or thing that serves as a support, safeguard, or reinforcement:
There were technicians on board as backstops to the automated controls.
to act as a backstop.
to act as a backstop to:
The government agreed to backstop companies that invested in oil exploration.
(sport) a screen or fence to prevent balls leaving the playing area
a block or catch to prevent excessive backward movement, such as one on the sliding seat of a rowing boat
verb (transitive) -stops, -stopping, -stopped
(US) to provide with backing or support
1819, in cricket, from back (adj.) + stop. In U.S. baseball, from 1889, “fence behind the catcher;” figurative extension to “catcher on a baseball team” is from 1890. The verb is attested from 1956 in the sense of “support.” Related: Backstopped; backstopping.
stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles: The movement suggests a back-to-basics approach to living for those whose lives have become complicated. emphasizing or based upon the teaching of such basic subjects as reading, arithmetic, grammar, or history in a traditional way.
adjective advocating or practicing a simpler way of life Contemporary Examples Of all the people to look up to for a back-to-nature stance, why the monster from Spahn Ranch? Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero Justin Glawe November 23, 2014 Historical Examples This is not a plea for a back-to-nature movement, for the simple life, for a […]
to return over the same course or route. to withdraw from an undertaking, position, etc.; reverse a policy. Historical Examples “No matter about this shod horse and his back-track,” he continues, once more heading his own animal to the trail. Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid It was certainly the path of a war-party of Indians […]
- Back-up light
noun (US & Canadian) a light on the rear of a motor vehicle to warn others that the vehicle is being reversed Also called reversing light