- New England, Southern, and South Midland U.S.
- a setback; relapse; reverse.
- an eddy or countercurrent.
- (on a lock on a door or the like) the horizontal distance between the face through which the bolt passes and the center line of the knob stem or keyhole.
Origin of backset
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Examples from the Web for backset
This was certainly a big "backset," and one they had not dreamed of.
"There is no possible chance for any backset this time," said the lieutenant.
The backset to his ambition made him more sleepless than ever, bringing on frequent attacks of asthma.The Faith Doctor
The water is backset by a mill-dam for two miles, forming a small lake.
Its backset, however, is caught in the yawning mouth of the race.