Backflashes of the heroine’s childhood fill in gaps in the novel’s narrative.
a backward somersault. a dive executed by somersaulting backward. Informal. a complete reversal in attitude or policy: Some committee members did sudden backflips, urging spending cuts instead of expanded programs. to perform a backflip: She backflipped off a bucking horse. Contemporary Examples Some calculating pol, realizing that his position had become unpopular or untenable, would […]
- Back float
a floating position on one’s back with arms extended out to the sides and face upward.
a flow of a liquid opposite to the usual or desired direction.
- Backflow valve
backwater valve. a valve for preventing flowing liquid, as sewage, from reversing its direction.