A key Usenet, electronic mail and/or Internet site; one that processes a large amount of third-party traffic, especially if it is the home site of any of the regional coordinators for the Usenet maps. Notable backbone sites as of early 1993 include uunet and the mail machines at Rutgers University, UC Berkeley, DEC’s Western Research Laboratories, Ohio State University and the University of Texas.
Compare rib site, leaf site.
demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting: a backbreaking job. Contemporary Examples Although he is not on trial for the video, it was the backbreaker in the court of public opinion. John Galliano in the Courtroom Tracy McNicoll June 22, 2011 Historical Examples I jerked and rolled in a movement calculated to throw him to the […]
verb (transitive) to clear (an area of scrub, bush, etc) by creating a new fire that burns in the opposite direction to the line of advancing fire noun the act or result of backburning
noun state of temporary postponement or deferral; also written back burner Word Origin refers to the back burners of a stove, where food gets less attention
a secret, unofficial, or informal channel of communication as used in politics or diplomacy: sensitive information passed on through a back channel. Contemporary Examples It essentially uses the award as a backchannel to decisively endorse the Polish version of the Katyn events. The Kremlin’s Amazing PR Turnaround Michael Idov June 7, 2010 noun a secret, […]