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Back vs. Rear: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Back" refers to the opposite of front, often the dorsal side of a body or object, while "rear" specifically denotes the hindmost part of something, especially in relation to direction or position.
Back vs. Rear

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The word "Back" is commonly used in everyday language to refer to the opposite side of the front, typically of a physical object, body part, or even an abstract concept. "Rear," on the other hand, is often used in more formal or technical contexts, such as in military or automotive terminology, to describe the back part of a structure or formation.
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"Back" can also imply a return to a previous state or position, as in "going back." In contrast, "Rear" lacks this connotation of movement or return, instead focusing solely on describing a position or location at the back.
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When used as verbs, "Back" can mean to support or move backwards, as in "backing a project" or "backing up a car." "Rear," as a verb, is often associated with upbringing or raising, like "rearing children."
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In terms of physicality, "Back" can refer to the human back, emphasizing the body part. "Rear," while it can describe a part of the body, is more often used to describe the back part of objects or animals.
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"Back" can also be a directional term, implying a movement towards the back, as in "step back." In contrast, "Rear" is less commonly used in such directional contexts, maintaining its role as a descriptor of position.
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Comparison Chart

Usage Context

Casual, everyday
Formal, technical
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Connotation

Return, support
Position, upbringing
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Part of Speech

Noun, verb, adverb
Noun, verb
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Association

Human body part
Back part of objects
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Directional Implication

Movement towards back
Descriptive, positional
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Back and Rear Definitions

Back

Support or endorse;
She decided to back the new initiative.
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Rear

Back part of something;
The garden is at the rear of the house.
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Back

The part of the trunk of the human body along and to the sides of the spine between the neck and the pelvis; the dorsum.
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Rear

Stand upright on the hind legs;
The horse reared in fear.
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The analogous dorsal region in other animals.
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Rear

A hind part.
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Back

The backbone or spine.
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Rear

The point or area farthest from the front
The rear of the hall.
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Back

The part or area farthest from the front.
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The part of a military deployment usually farthest from the fighting front.
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Back

The part opposite to or behind that adapted for view or use
The back of the hand.
Wrote on the back of the photograph.
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Rear

(Informal) The buttocks.
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Back

The reverse side, as of a coin.
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Rear

Of, at, or located in the rear.
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Back

A part that supports or strengthens from the rear
The back of a couch.
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To care for (children or a child) during the early stages of life; bring up. See Usage Note at raise.
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The part of a book where the pages are stitched or glued together into the binding.
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To tend (growing plants or animals).
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The binding itself.
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Rear

To build; erect.
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A player who takes a position behind the front line of other players in certain games, such as football and soccer.
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(Archaic) To lift upright; raise.
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In swimming, backstroke.
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Rear

To rise on the hind legs, as a horse.
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A shallow vat or tub used chiefly by brewers.
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Rear

To rise high in the air; tower.
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Back

To cause to move backward or in a reverse direction
Back the car up and then make the turn.
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(transitive) To bring up to maturity, as offspring; to educate; to instruct; to foster.
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To furnish or strengthen with a back or backing.
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To breed and raise.
The family has been rearing cattle for 200 years.
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Back

To provide with financial or material support
Unions backed the pro-labor candidate.
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(intransitive) To rise up on the hind legs
The horse was shocked, and thus reared.
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Back

To lend moral support to, as by corroborating a claim. Often used with up
I'm not comfortable filing a complaint if you won't back me up.
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Rear

To get angry.
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Back

To be in favor of; endorse or advocate
Backed the reform proposal.
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(intransitive) To rise high above, tower above.
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Back

To provide with musical accompaniment. Often used with up.
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To raise physically or metaphorically; to lift up; to cause to rise, to elevate.
The monster slowly reared its head.
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Back

To bet or wager on.
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To construct by building; to set up
To rear defenses or houses
To rear one government on the ruins of another.
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Back

To adduce evidence in support of; substantiate
Backed the argument with facts.
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Rear

To raise spiritually; to lift up; to elevate morally.
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Back

To form the back or background of
Snowcapped mountains back the village.
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Rear

To lift and take up.
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Back

To move backward
Backed out of the garage.
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Rear

To rouse; to strip up.
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Back

To shift to a counterclockwise direction. Used of the wind.
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Rear

To place in the rear; to secure the rear of.
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Back

Located or placed in the rear
Deliveries should be made at the back entrance.
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Rear

To sodomize perform anal sex
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Back

Distant from a center of activity; remote.
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Rear

(transitive) To move; stir.
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Back

Of a past date; not current
A back issue of a periodical.
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Rear

To carve.
Rear that goose!
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Back

Being owed or due from an earlier time; in arrears
Back pay.
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Rear

(regional, obsolete) To revive, bring to life, quicken. (only in the phrase, to rear to life)
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Back

Being in a backward direction
A back step.
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Rear

Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost
The rear rank of a company
Sit in the rear seats of a car
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Back

(Linguistics) Pronounced with the back of the tongue, as oo in cool. Used of vowels.
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Rear

(of eggs) Underdone; nearly raw.
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Back

At, to, or toward the rear or back.
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Rear

(of meats) Rare.
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Back

In, to, or toward a former location
Went back for the class reunion.
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Rear

Early; soon
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In, to, or toward a former condition
When the spell broke, the prince turned back into a frog.
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Rear

The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last in order.
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Back

In, to, or toward a past time
This story goes back to the 1920s.
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Rear

(military) Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest.
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Back

In reserve or concealment
We kept back some money for emergencies.
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Rear

(anatomy) The buttocks or bottom.
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Back

In check or under restraint
Barriers held the crowd back.
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Rear

Early; soon.
Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear?
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Back

In reply or return
Emailed back that he would be late.
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Rear

The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last in order; - opposed to front.
Nipped with the lagging rear of winter's frost.
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Back

At or near the rear.
Go in the back door of the house.
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Rear

Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest.
When the fierce foe hung on our broken rear.
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Back

(predicative) Returned or restored to a previous place or condition.
He was on vacation, but now he’s back.
The office fell into chaos when you left, but now order is back.
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Rear

Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company.
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Back

Not current.
I’d like to find a back issue of that magazine.
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Rear

To place in the rear; to secure the rear of.
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Back

Situated away from the main or most frequented areas.
They took a back road.
He lives out in the back country.
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Rear

To raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, become erect, etc.; to elevate; as, to rear a monolith.
In adoration at his feet I fellSubmiss; he reared me.
It reareth our hearts from vain thoughts.
Mine [shall be] the first hand to rear her banner.
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Back

In arrears; overdue.
They still owe three months' back rent.
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Rear

To erect by building; to set up; to construct; as, to rear defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of another.
One reared a font of stone.
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Back

Moving or operating backward.
Back action
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Rear

To lift and take up.
And having her from Trompart lightly reared,Upon his courser set the lovely load.
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Back

Pronounced with the highest part of the body of the tongue toward the back of the mouth, near the soft palate (most often describing a vowel).
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To bring up to maturity, as young; to educate; to instruct; to foster; as, to rear offspring.
He wants a father to protect his youth,And rear him up to virtue.
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Back

(not comparable) To or in a previous condition or place.
He gave back the money.
I left my mobile phone back at the hotel. I'll have to go back and get it.
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Rear

To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle.
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Back

In a direction opposite to that in which someone or something is facing or normally pointing.
Someone pushed me in the chest and I fell back.
The grandfather clock toppled back and crashed to the ground.
Her arm was bent back at an odd angle.
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Rear

To rouse; to stir up.
And seeks the tusky boar to rear.
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Back

In a direction opposite to the usual or desired direction of movement or progress, physically or figuratively.
Wind the film back a few frames.
Don't forget to put the clocks back by one hour tonight!
This mishap has set the project back considerably.
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Rear

To rise up on the hind legs, as a horse; to become erect.
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Back

So as to reverse direction and return.
The light bounces back off the mirror.
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Rear

The back of a military formation or procession;
Infantrymen were in the rear
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Back

Towards, into or in the past.
These records go back years.
He built a time machine and travelled back to 1800.
Think back to how you felt last year.
Everything was simpler back in the old days.
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Rear

The side of an object that is opposite its front;
His room was toward the rear of the hotel
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Back

Away from someone or something; at a distance.
Keep back! It could explode at any moment!
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Rear

The part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer;
He stood at the back of the stage
It was hidden in the rear of the store
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Back

Away from the front or from an edge.
Sit all the way back in your chair.
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Rear

The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on;
He deserves a good kick in the butt
Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?
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Back

So as shrink, recede or move aside, or cause to do so.
This tree is dying back.
Clear back all this vegetation.
Draw back the curtains and let in some light.
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Rear

The side that goes last or is not normally seen;
He wrote the date on the back of the photograph
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Back

In a manner that impedes.
Fear held him back.
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Rear

Stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds;
The horse reared in terror
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Back

(not comparable) In a reciprocal manner; in return.
If you hurt me, I'll hurt you back.
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Rear

Bring up;
Raise a family
Bring up children
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Back

(postpositive) Earlier, ago.
We met many years back.
I last saw him a day or two back.
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Rear

Rise up;
The building rose before them
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Back

To a later point in time. See also put back.
The meeting has been moved back an hour. It was at 3 o'clock; now it's at 4 o'clock.
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Rear

Cause to rise up
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Back

The rear of the body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
Could you please scratch my back?
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Rear

Construct, build, or erect;
Raise a barn
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Back

The spine and associated tissues.
I hurt my back lifting those crates.
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Rear

Located in or toward the back or rear;
The chair's rear legs
The rear door of the plane
On the rearward side
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Back

Large and attractive buttocks.
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Rear

Bring up and care for;
They reared three children in the countryside.
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Back

(figurative) The part of a piece of clothing which covers the back.
I still need to finish the back of your dress.
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Rear

Situated at the back;
The rear wheels of the car need replacing.
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Back

The backrest, the part of a piece of furniture which receives the human back.
Can you fix the back of this chair?
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Rear

Form the back of something;
A tall fence rears behind the building.
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Back

(obsolete) That part of the body that bears clothing. (Now used only in the phrase clothes on one's back.)
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Back

That which is farthest away from the front.
He sat in the back of the room.
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Back

The side of any object which is opposite the front or useful side.
Turn the book over and look at the back.
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Back

The reverse side; the side that is not normally seen.
I hung the clothes on the back of the door.
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Back

Area behind, such as the backyard of a house.
We'll meet out in the back of the library.
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Back

The part of something that goes last.
The car was near the back of the train.
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(sports) In some team sports, a position behind most players on the team.
The backs were lined up in an I formation.
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(figuratively) Upper part of a natural object which is considered to resemble an animal's back.
The small boat raced over the backs of the waves.
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Back

A support or resource in reserve.
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Back

(nautical) The keel and keelson of a ship.
The ship's back broke in the pounding surf.
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Back

(mining) The roof of a horizontal underground passage.
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Back

Effort, usually physical.
Put some back into it!
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Back

A non-alcoholic drink (often water or a soft drink), to go with hard liquor or a cocktail.
Could I get a martini with a water back?
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Back

Among leather dealers, one of the thickest and stoutest tanned hides.
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Back

(swimming) backstroke
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A large shallow vat; a cistern, tub, or trough, used by brewers, distillers, dyers, picklers, gluemakers, and others, for mixing or cooling wort, holding water, hot glue, etc.
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A ferryboat.
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Back

(intransitive) To go in the reverse direction.
The train backed into the station;
The horse refuses to back
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Back

(transitive) To support.
I back you all the way;
Which horse are you backing in this race?
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Back

To change direction contrary to the normal pattern; that is, to shift anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere, or clockwise in the southern hemisphere.
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Back

To brace the yards so that the wind presses on the front of the sail, to slow the ship.
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Back

To lay out a second, smaller anchor to provide additional holding power.
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Back

To stand still behind another dog which has pointed.
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Back

(transitive) To push or force backwards.
To back oxen
The mugger backed her into a corner and demanded her wallet.
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Back

To get upon the back of; to mount.
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Back

To place or seat upon the back.
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Back

To make a back for; to furnish with a back.
To back books
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To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
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Back

To write upon the back of, possibly as an endorsement.
To back a letter;
To back a note or legal document
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Back

To sign or endorse (a warrant, issued in another county, to apprehend an offender).
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Back

To row backward with (oars).
To back the oars
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Back

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To carry an infant on one's back.
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Back

A large shallow vat; a cistern, tub, or trough, used by brewers, distillers, dyers, picklers, gluemakers, and others, for mixing or cooling wort, holding water, hot glue, etc.
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A ferryboat. See Bac, 1.
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In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end of the spine; in other animals, that part of the body which corresponds most nearly to such part of a human being; as, the back of a horse, fish, or lobster.
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An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
[The mountains] their broad bare backs upheaveInto the clouds.
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The outward or upper part of a thing, as opposed to the inner or lower part; as, the back of the hand, the back of the foot, the back of a hand rail.
Methought Love pitying me, when he saw this,Gave me your hands, the backs and palms to kiss.
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The part opposed to the front; the hinder or rear part of a thing; as, the back of a book; the back of an army; the back of a chimney.
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The part opposite to, or most remote from, that which fronts the speaker or actor; or the part out of sight, or not generally seen; as, the back of an island, of a hill, or of a village.
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Back

The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
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Back

A support or resource in reserve.
This projectShould have a back or second, that might hold,If this should blast in proof.
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Back

The keel and keelson of a ship.
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Back

The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.
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Back

A garment for the back; hence, clothing.
A bak to walken inne by daylight.
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Back

Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.
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Back

Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
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Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
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Back

To get upon the back of; to mount.
I will back him [a horse] straight.
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Back

To place or seat upon the back.
Great Jupiter, upon his eagle backed,Appeared to me.
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Back

To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
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To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
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To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
A garden . . . with a vineyard backed.
The chalk cliffs which back the beach.
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To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
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To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend.
Have still found it necessary to back and fortify their laws with rewards and punishments.
The mate backed the captain manfully.
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Back

To bet on the success of; - as, to back a race horse.
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Back

To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
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Back

To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; - used of the wind.
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To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; - said of a dog.
Cleon at first . . . was willing to go; but, finding that he [Nicias] was in earnest, he tried to back out.
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In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back.
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To the place from which one came; to the place or person from which something is taken or derived; as, to go back for something left behind; to go back to one's native place; to put a book back after reading it.
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To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism.
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Of time) In times past; ago.
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Away from contact; by reverse movement.
The angel of the Lord . . . came, and rolled back the stone from the door.
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In concealment or reserve; in one's own possession; as, to keep back the truth; to keep back part of the money due to another.
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In a state of restraint or hindrance.
The Lord hath kept thee back from honor.
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In return, repayment, or requital.
What have I to give you back?
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In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back the offensive words.
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In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent.
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The posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine;
His back was nicely tanned
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Back

The side that goes last or is not normally seen;
He wrote the date on the back of the photograph
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The part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer;
He stood at the back of the stage
It was hidden in the rear of the store
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Back

(football) a person who plays in the backfield
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The series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord;
The fall broke his back
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Back

The front and back covering of a book;
The book had a leather binding
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The part of a garment that covers your back;
They pinned a `kick me' sign on his back
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A support that you can lean against while sitting;
The back of the dental chair was adjustable
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The position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
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Back

Be behind; approve of;
He plumped for the Labor Party
I backed Kennedy in 1960
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Back

Travel backward;
Back into the driveway
The car backed up and hit the tree
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Back

Give support or one's approval to;
I'll second that motion
I can't back this plan
Endorse a new project
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Back

Cause to travel backward;
Back the car into the parking spot
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Back

Support financial backing for;
Back this enterprise
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Back

Be in back of;
My garage backs their yard
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Back

Place a bet on;
Which horse are you backing?
I'm betting on the new horse
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Back

Shift to a counterclockwise direction;
The wind backed
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Back

Establish as valid or genuine;
Can you back up your claims?
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Back

Strengthen by providing with a back or backing
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Back

Related to or located at the back;
The back yard
The back entrance
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Back

Located at or near the back of an animal;
Back (or hind) legs
The hinder part of a carcass
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Of an earlier date;
Back issues of the magazine
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In or to or toward a former location;
She went back to her parents' house
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Back

At or to or toward the back or rear;
He moved back
Tripped when he stepped backward
She looked rearward out the window of the car
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In or to or toward an original condition;
He went back to sleep
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In or to or toward a past time;
Set the clocks back an hour
Never look back
Lovers of the past looking fondly backward
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Back

In answer;
He wrote back three days later
Had little to say in reply to the questions
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In repayment or retaliation;
We paid back everything we had borrowed
He hit me and I hit him back
I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher
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Back

Part of the body opposite the front;
He had a tattoo on his back.
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Back

Directed or moving backward;
The car rolled back down the hill.
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Back

Return to a previous condition;
The company went back to its original policies.
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Located at the back;
The back entrance was locked.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

How is 'back' used in the context of time?

'Back' can refer to a past time, as in "back in the day."
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Can 'back' and 'rear' be used interchangeably?

In many contexts, they can be used interchangeably, but 'back' is more versatile, often used in broader contexts beyond physical positioning.
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Can 'back' imply support or endorsement?

Yes, 'back' can mean to support or endorse, as in "backing a project."
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Is 'rear' only used to describe physical objects?

'Rear' is typically used for physical objects or beings, but it can also metaphorically describe the background or less prominent part of something.
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Is 'back' used in body language descriptions?

Yes, 'back' is often used in descriptions of posture or body language, like "leaning back."
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Does 'rear' have a military usage?

In a military context, 'rear' often refers to the part of an army or formation positioned behind the main body.
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What does 'bringing something to the rear' mean?

It means moving something towards the back or making it less prominent.
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What does 'back' mean?

'Back' commonly refers to the opposite of front, the rear side of something, or the part of the body where the spine is.
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What does 'rear-view' mean?

'Rear-view' refers to a view or perspective from the back, like a rear-view mirror in a car.
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What does 'rear' mean?

'Rear' refers to the back part or side of something, especially in relation to position or direction.
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Can 'rear' be used as a verb?

Yes, 'rear' can be a verb meaning to raise or care for, especially in the context of upbringing, like rearing children.
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How is 'back' used in technology terms?

'Back' can refer to returning to a previous screen or page, as in "go back to the home page."
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Can 'back' refer to direction in instructions?

Yes, 'back' can indicate direction, like "move back" or "step back."
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Is 'rear' used in automotive contexts?

Yes, in vehicles, 'rear' refers to the back part, like the rear seat or rear bumper.
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How is 'back' used in expressions?

'Back' appears in expressions like "back to square one" or "back to basics."
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What is the difference in tone between 'back' and 'rear'?

'Rear' is more formal and specific, while 'back' is more casual and versatile.
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Does 'rear' have an architectural use?

Yes, in architecture, 'rear' refers to the back part of a building or structure.
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Can 'back' be a noun, verb, and adjective?

Yes, 'back' functions as a noun (body part), verb (to support), and adjective (rear side).
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Is 'rear' used in animal descriptions?

Yes, 'rear' can describe the back part of an animal, like "rear legs" or "rear end."
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How does context affect the use of 'back' and 'rear'?

Context determines their appropriateness; 'back' is more general, while 'rear' is often more specific to position or direction.
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