[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. backbencher,
  2. backbend,
  3. backbite,
  4. backbiting,
  5. backblocks,
  6. backboard splint,
  7. backbone,
  8. backbreaker,
  9. backbreaking,
  10. backburn

Origin of backboard

First recorded in 1755–65; back1 + board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for backboard

British Dictionary definitions for backboard


/ (ˈbækˌbɔːd) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for backboard


[ băkbôrd′ ]


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