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[bak-feeld] /ˈbækˌfild/
noun, Football.
(used with a plural verb) the members of the team who, on offense, are stationed behind the linemen and, on defense, behind the linebackers.
their positions considered as a unit.
the area where the backs play.
Origin of backfield
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15; back1 + field Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Dick had been busily engaged in making up his line and backfield.

  • "Two in the line and two in the backfield is good," jeered Tim.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • You see our backfield was pretty light and the wet field slowed them up.

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Suddenly Stover, in the backfield, watching like a cat, started forward with a cry.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • The backfield coach has the picking of men for their positions.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • He was a backfield man and one of West Point's main line backers.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Then—it is a fake-kick; the backfield lines up in the kick formation, but the ball is passed to Butch, at your right.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • Casad, Clark and Phillips made up a backfield that would have been a credit to any of the colleges.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Harvard follows Charlie Daly's backfield play; improved upon somewhat, of course, according to conditions.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for backfield


noun (American football)
(sometimes functioning as pl) the backfield, the quarterback and running backs in a team
the area behind the line of scrimmage from which the backfield begin each play
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