a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going too far beyond the normal playing area.
Baseball. the catcher.
a person or thing that serves as a support, safeguard, or reinforcement:
There were technicians on board as backstops to the automated controls.
to act as a backstop.
to act as a backstop to:
The government agreed to backstop companies that invested in oil exploration.
(sport) a screen or fence to prevent balls leaving the playing area
a block or catch to prevent excessive backward movement, such as one on the sliding seat of a rowing boat
verb (transitive) -stops, -stopping, -stopped
(US) to provide with backing or support
1819, in cricket, from back (adj.) + stop. In U.S. baseball, from 1889, “fence behind the catcher;” figurative extension to “catcher on a baseball team” is from 1890. The verb is attested from 1956 in the sense of “support.” Related: Backstopped; backstopping.
a narrative providing a history or background context, especially for a character or situation in a literary work, film, or dramatic series. prequel. Contemporary Examples The backstory of the SNAP bill is as much about internal Republican Party dynamics as it is about Republicans versus Democrats. With House Win, GOP Pushes Food-Stamp Cuts to the […]
- Back story
a narrative providing a history or background context, especially for a character or situation in a literary work, film, or dramatic series. prequel. Contemporary Examples And he and I worked out how we were going to do the back story because the hair has to do something. The ‘American Hustle’ Style Guide Erin Cunningham February […]
- Back straight
noun a straight part of a circuit, esp of an athletics track or a racecourse, furthest from the finishing point Contemporary Examples Soon he was on the medal stand, where he hopes to be again this summer, his back straight, his eyes clear. Hugh McCutcheon: U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team’s Silent Savior Tony Doukopil July 27, […]
- Backstrap loom
a simple horizontal loom, used especially in Central and South America, on which one of two beams holding the warp yarn is attached to a strap that passes across the weaver’s back. Historical Examples Narrow widths can be woven most rapidly on the backstrap loom. Chincha Plain-weave cloths Lila M. O’Neale