to retard the forward motion by pressing backward on the pedal, especially of a bicycle with coaster brakes.
to retreat from or reverse one’s previous stand on any matter; shift ground:
to back-pedal after severe criticism.
Boxing. to retreat from an opponent, especially by stepping rapidly backward.
verb (intransitive) -pedals, -pedalling, -pedalled (US) -pedals, -pedaling, -pedaled
to turn the pedals of a bicycle backwards
to retract or modify a previous opinion, principle, etc
(boxing) to take backward steps
To retreat, esp from a stated position; back off, back out: This news caused the candidate to back-pedal hastily (1900+)
backplane hardware, electronics A printed circuit board with slots into which other cards are plugged. A backplane,is typically just a connector and does not usually have many active components on it. This contrasts with a motherboard. Designing a backplane (http://iec.org/online/tutorials/design_backplane/index.html). (2002-09-08)
backronym jargon (Backward acronym) A word which has been turned into an acronym by inventing an expansion, rather than the other way around. E.g. “ping”. (2005-06-22)
a room located in the rear, especially one used only by certain people. a place where powerful or influential persons, especially politicians, meet to plan secretly or from which they exercise control in an indirect manner: The candidate for mayor was chosen in the precincts’ back rooms. Contemporary Examples I want Missourians to make a […]
the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back. the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of the head. the whole body, with reference to clothing: the clothes on his […]