• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Back-piece a piece or plate of armour for the back
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bæc, Sw. bak, Dan. bag.


In literature:

On the back side of each, near the end, a deep notch should be cut for the reception of the cross piece at the top.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
Instead of growing it falls back and back, until in a very few weeks it has all the appearance of a newly-imported piece.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
I saw it after we turned into this here twisting side road just back a piece.
"The Banner Boy Scouts" by George A. Warren
Do you still go back to what I said about your piece of acting?
"Sunrise" by William Black
I believe that piece must have fallen out of a hole I've found here, which goes back ever so far into the rock.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
When you move it too far back, you wind it so tightly that the spring just breaks to pieces.
"The Runaway Skyscraper" by Murray Leinster
He pulled back the splintered pieces and eagerly they all looked inside.
"Six Little Bunkers at Cousin Tom's" by Laura Lee Hope
They backed away a step or two, and, levelling their pieces, suddenly ordered him to get up and walk before.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Her back was broken, her frame shaken to pieces, and she hogged excessively.
"The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth" by Edward Osler
She wouldn't have him blown to pieces or made blind or not come back at all.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
What a glorious piece of news to carry back to Jonesville, that we rid out in a whale.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
He had succeeded in shooting them all, but on his way back had been struck in the foot with a piece of shell casing.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
The deserters saw that if they tried to leave the harbor he would knock their vessel to pieces, so they came back.
"The Beginner's American History" by D. H. Montgomery
One darted forward, threw a piece to her companion and then snatched the other piece and ran back with it.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
The pieces were small enough to be carried back to Earth in supply rockets.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
He came back and stood on the string-piece where it crossed the opening, telling me to put my hand on his shoulder.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
Then back home to supper, usually a boiled potato and piece of barley scone.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
The chauffeur found that our shaft was broken, and the whole piece had to go back to Tiflis.
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
It sot out in de back yard, a little piece of a way from our house.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
From the supporting line rang the rebel yell and they were hurled back, shattered and cut to pieces.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

"'Tis all a Chequer-Board of Nights and Days,
Where Detiny with men for pieces plays,
Hither and thither moves, and mates and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays."
"Life's Chequer-Board" by John Oxenham
He has assembled her spine, he cleaned each piece carefully
And sets them in perfect order
A superhuman puzzle but he is inspired
She leans back twisting this way and that, using it and laughing
"Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days" by Ted Hughes
What man with men would push and altercate,
Piecing out crooked means to crooked ends,
When he can have the skies and woods for friends,
Snatch back the rudder of his undismantled fate,
And in himself be ruler, church, and state?
"The Pioneer" by James Russell Lowell
GIRT round with rugged mountains the fair Lake Constance lies;
In her blue heart reflected, shine back the starry skies;
And, watching each white cloudlet float silently and slow,
You think a piece of heaven lies on our earth below!
"A Legend of Bregenz" by Adelaide Anne Procter

In news:

0Jim Tracy wants a chance to put the pieces back together.
Back in March we covered their "literature vs traffic" piece, where they covered a street in lower Manhattan with 800 lighted books.
In the back of the Old Burying Ground, a wooden plank the size of a checkerboard marks a tomb small enough for a baby doll -- a grave strewn with beads, pennies, stuffed monkeys and a piece of Double Bubble gum.
Butch Otter said Wednesday he will champion restoring pieces of three education laws voters widely rejected last month, after seeing a poll showing Idahoans still back aspects of the reforms.
Through each slit, tie a piece of yarn long enough to be tied around the back of the child's head.
Multiply the per-inch stitch gauge by the desired width, and knit both front and back pieces until they're square.
If you slip, you can always "piece" it back together with toothpicks.
This adorable piece features a little boy with his puppy waiting patiently on the porch with flowers behind his back.
The origin of Piecemakers harkens back to a time before sewing machines when women gathered at a quilting bee to socialize and to express their creativity on a piece of fabric stretched on a frame and quilted by hand.
Back Stage has confirmed that Ricki Maslar is the casting director for the film, which is being called a "companion piece" to director Martin Scorsese's " Raging Bull.
Cut a piece of rope for the rat 's tail and stuff in the back of the rat .
This will be for two monumental weeks as the city is calling on supporters from all over to come out and play a part in bringing back this treasured piece of Lake Charles.
Pieces leftover, for whatever reason, will go on sale by students and the money that comes in goes back out to help pay for visiting artists.
The stunningly colorful two-dimensional pieces exhibited—primarily produced by Russian monks and dating as far back as 1590—really do suggest somewhat altered states.
Stephen King whisks readers back to 1963 in a piece of time-traveling historical fiction that asks: What if JFK had survived.

In science:

There is one last piece of the puzzle remaining: transferring information from the coarse level back to the fine level.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
First, rotate the piece of surface 180◦ about the z -axis so that the ‘back’ side is shown, then apply dc .
A Diagramless Link Homology
If a bypass is contained in the (local) piece of M \ Σ that has Σ as its oriented boundary then we say the bypass will be attached to the back of Σ otherwise we say it is attached to the back of Σ.
On the Legendrian and transverse classification of cablings
It’s not accurate like a recording, but rather is “reconstructed” from remembered bits and pieces and plausible “stock items”. There is a lot of psychological data supporting this, going back to Bartlett6 in 1932.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
The movement of a musical piece is a live thing, now pressing forward, now holding back.
Music in Terms of Science
With musical pitches, the rules for what are likely to go together are key and harmony. A musical key is the tonal context for a piece of music, with which there is a central set of pitches that the music comes back to, a tonal center, the key.
Music in Terms of Science
Fig. shows diagrammatically how the three-replica term is generated and feeds back into the two-replica piece.
Large N Expansion for 4-Epsilon Dimensional Oriented Manifolds in Random Media
If we now turn back to the finite-dimensional case, we see that in the affine case there are still missing pieces of structure.
On the affine analogue of Jack's and Macdonald's polynomials
The extra piece in the magnetic case, R dx (B2 ext −Bext ·B), comes from the work done by the external sources in the magnetic case to maintain the external currents against the back EMF produced by a change in the field of the system.
Free energies in the presence of electric and magnetic fields
The clear fibers were cutted back piece by piece to the length under investigation.
Tests of a fiber detector concept for high rate particle tracking
If y is repelling, it is easy to find a non degenerate annulus between consecutive puzzle pieces and to pull it back with bounded degree around x.
Bounded critical Fatou components are Jordan domains, for polynomials
Since f tn (Kn ) = K0 , pulling back by the good inverse branch of f tn , we get a non degenerate annulus between a puzzle piece containing c called Rn and Kn .
Bounded critical Fatou components are Jordan domains, for polynomials
Finally, if l denotes the time such that f l (B(I )) = Pcℵ , the pieces f i (B(I )) for 0 ≤ i ≤ l meets c0 only once since B(I ) = Lc0 (Qcℵ ) is the first pull back around c0 of Qcℵ which is a child of Pcℵ (Definition 7.1), and it happens only in B(I ).
Bounded critical Fatou components are Jordan domains, for polynomials
The first, dating back several decades, decomposes the polytope into smaller pieces each of which can be treated by elementary methods involving simplification of multiple sums.
Probability calculations under the IAC hypothesis
By the same argument as above, there is a piece Qn (z) around z , which is a bounded distortion pull-back of Qn .
Complex bounds for critical circle maps