a sight on a previously occupied instrument station.
(in leveling) the reading on a rod that is held on a point of known elevation, used in computing the elevation of the instrument.
“Come quick,” he shouted, adjusting the backsight of a rifle.
The Wings of the Morning Louis Tracy
The tiny figures seen over the slide of the backsight seemed a little larger, but also fewer at each successive volley.
The River War Winston S. Churchill
the sight of a rifle nearer the stock
(surveying) a reading taken looking backwards to a previously occupied station Compare foresight (sense 4)
to subject to backslapping. to engage in backslapping. a hearty slap on the back given as a token of affability or congratulation: The bridegroom received many a warm handshake and backslap.
the practice of making a loud and effusive display of friendliness, cordiality, etc., as by slapping persons on the back. to subject to backslapping. to engage in backslapping. a hearty slap on the back given as a token of affability or congratulation: The bridegroom received many a warm handshake and backslap. Contemporary Examples At the […]
a short oblique stroke (\), a backward slash, used in some computer operating systems to mark the division between a directory and a subdirectory or its folders, as in designating a path. noun a slash which slopes to the left \ n. 1982, new punctuation symbol introduced for computer purposes, from back (adj.) + slash […]
to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities. an act or instance of backsliding: a backslide from his early training. Contemporary Examples But what about the formerly middle-class African Americans who find themselves on the backslide? How Much Does ‘Culture’ Matter for ‘Inner-City’ Poverty? Jamelle Bouie March 19, 2014 Historical Examples And I […]