- to hold in reserve, as for future handling or repair.
- to enter and acknowledge (an order) for future shipment.
- to accumulate in a backlog: Orders are starting to backlog faster than we can process them.
Origin of backlog
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1. supply, stock, store, fund, cache, reservoir.
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Examples from the Web for backlog
Memphis is hardly the only city that has started tackling the backlog.How the U.S. Ended Up With 400,000 Untested Rape Kits
September 23, 2014
Companies may have some backlog, but they have to start taking action.Government Shuts Down and Private Sector Feels the Pain, Too
October 4, 2013
Most are charged with a misdemeanor and sent on their way to avoid overwhelming the county with a backlog of cases.U.S. Drug and Immigration Checkpoints Take Toll on Border Towns
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz
June 18, 2013
Instead, it languished with the rest of their backlog for years.Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Storm Chaser
April 14, 2013
What about all those promises he made to end the backlog and end homelessness?As VA Backlog Grows, ‘Baffled’ Veteran Allies Begin to Turn On President
April 8, 2013
Another ten thousand without horses, who formed a backlog of reserves.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
When he got it back at last, he eagerly downloaded his backlog of mail.Makers
The fire had burned out, save the backlog which still glowed.Troop One of the Labrador
I felt that there was no other token of decay so impressive as that bed of weeds in the place of the backlog.Old Ticonderoga, A Picture of The Past
The next thing she did was to rake back the red embers, and make a hollow place among them, just where the backlog had been.Tanglewood Tales
- an accumulation of uncompleted work, unsold stock, etc, to be dealt with
- mainly US and Canadian a large log at the back of a fireplace
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Word Origin and History for backlog
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