[ bak-lawg, -log ]
/ ˈbækˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg /


a reserve or accumulation, as of stock, work, or business: a backlog of business orders.
a large log at the back of a hearth to keep up a fire.Compare forestick.

verb (used with object), back·logged, back·log·ging.

to hold in reserve, as for future handling or repair.
to enter and acknowledge (an order) for future shipment.

verb (used without object), back·logged, back·log·ging.

to accumulate in a backlog: Orders are starting to backlog faster than we can process them.

Origin of backlog

First recorded in 1675–85; back1 + log1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for backlog

/ (ˈbækˌlɒɡ) /


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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