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[bak-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbækˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board placed at or forming the back of anything.
Basketball. a board or other flat vertical surface to which the basket is attached.
Origin of backboard
First recorded in 1755-65; back1 + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Also, a backboard of half-inch board, to correspond (Fig. 14).

  • The Midshipman lay across the backboard, staring out to the port-quarter.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • I helped the girl into the backboard and climbed in beside her.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • Already half its weight was supported by the dray's backboard.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • The end of the piano was twitched sharply from the backboard.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • The other constable helped him to let down the backboard of the cart.

  • One of the men jumped down, and fumbled at the iron pins which kept the backboard of the cart in its place.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • Aid with two well-directed taps he knocked the pins out of their sockets, and let down the backboard of the cart.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • One of them was evidently ill, for he lay back against the backboard and did not speak.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
British Dictionary definitions for backboard


a board that is placed behind something to form or support its back
a board worn to straighten or support the back, as after surgery
(in basketball) a flat upright surface supported on a high frame, under which the basket is attached
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backboard in Medicine

backboard back·board (bāk'bôrd')

  1. A board placed under or behind something to provide firmness or support.

  2. A board placed beneath the body of a person with an injury to the neck or back, used especially in transporting the person in such a way as to avoid further injury.

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