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.
Several times, when I wanted to slow up, I began to back-pedal, forgetting that I wasn’t on my bicycle.
Tom Swift and his Motor-cycle Victor Appleton
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+)
- Back plastering
the introduction of partitions of lath and plaster between the inner and outer surfaces of a stud wall in order to improve the insulating properties of the wall. parging applied behind the exterior brickwork of a wall in order to exclude moisture and air from the interior of the wall. Historical Examples It is seldom […]
Building Trades. a wood or metal plate serving as a backing for a structural member. Armor. a piece of plate armor for protecting the back: worn as part of a cuirass. Historical Examples That princes monogram, the Conde points out, is to be seen on the backplate gilded in relief. Spanish Arms and Armour Albert […]
- Back pressure
a resistant pressure exerted by liquid or gas against the forward motion or flow of an exhaust or pipe system: Careful control of backpressure ensures an even supply of oil from the well. Historical Examples Its use is to show the amount of back pressure, and in a condensing engine to show the degree of […]
a resistant pressure exerted by liquid or gas against the forward motion or flow of an exhaust or pipe system: Careful control of backpressure ensures an even supply of oil from the well.