the projection from the rear of previously photographed material on a translucent screen, used as background for a television or motion-picture shot.
the ground or parts, as of a scene, situated in the rear (opposed to foreground). Fine Arts. the part of a painted or carved surface against which represented objects and forms are perceived or depicted: a portrait against a purple background. the part of an image represented as being at maximum distance from the frontal […]
performed with the hand turned backward, crosswise, or in any oblique direction so that the palm of the hand faces in the direction of the body and the back of the hand faces in the direction of forward movement. sloping in a downward direction from left to right: backhanded writing. oblique or ambiguous in meaning; […]
a backhanded slap, punch, stroke, or play. British Slang. a drink served out of turn to a guest as a bottle or decanter is passed around the table during dessert. a bribe. Historical Examples A few blows of scorn might suffice—a backhander across the snout, a few swishes with a stick, a kick behind when […]
a stroke, slap, etc., made with the palm of the hand turned toward the body and the back of the hand turned in the direction of the stroke, slap, etc. (in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc. handwriting […]