[bak-bawrd, -bohrd]
  1. a board placed at or forming the back of anything.
  2. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of backboard

Historical Examples of backboard

  • Also, a backboard of half-inch board, to correspond (Fig. 14).

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

  • I helped the girl into the backboard and climbed in beside her.

    Harvard Stories

    Waldron Kintzing Post

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


    Frank Norris

  • Already half its weight was supported by the dray's backboard.


    Frank Norris

British Dictionary definitions for backboard


  1. a board that is placed behind something to form or support its back
  2. a board worn to straighten or support the back, as after surgery
  3. (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

backboard in Medicine


  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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