back-formation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n back-formation a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it
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Usage

In literature:

The work accomplished to the best of their ability, the airmen speed back to their lines in the same formation.
"Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War" by Frederick A. Talbot
Harwell's greatest ground-gaining plays now were the two sequences from ordinary formation and full-back forward.
"The Half-Back" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Round this stove, drawn up in a wide crescent formation, was a row of chairs with high backs.
"Bullets & Billets" by Bruce Bairnsfather
DIPHTHERIA, a contagious disease characterised by the formation of a false membrane on the back of the throat.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Back of this broad ledge there was a very peculiar formation.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
The Swedish formation was not complete and, for a moment, they were driven back in disorder, and forced into the river.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
Obviously, in order to get back to Earth they headed away from it in fleet formation.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
Here we left the train and drew up in formation along the roads and back through the lanes and fields.
"The Greater Love" by George T. McCarthy
In any event, the men should be taught to take some form of a closed back to back formation.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Wilson thrust the girl back of him towards the cave-like formation behind them.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
But the soldiers, still keeping their spread formation, merely walked back in their tracks until they were entirely out of range.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
The formation held true as it swept upward and back where the swarming enemy was waiting.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
In little parties, without the semblance of formation or discipline, the Austrians dashed from their tents to beat back this sudden attack.
"The Boy Allies with the Cossacks" by Clair W. Hayes
When he started to close in, the pilot reported later, one of the bombers dropped out of formation, turned back, and gave battle.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Let us go back, then, and study the rules of harmony in the formation of common families.
"History of American Socialisms" by John Humphrey Noyes
Primarily I ordered that every man found writing his name on the formations should be sent back and made to erase it.
"Hunting in Many Lands" by Various
On third down, High School called for kick formation, and the tow-haired terror dropped back.
"The Turner Twins" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The sediment worn from the land was carried back to the sea, there to be used in the building of still younger formations.
"The Geography of the Region about Devils Lake and the Dalles of the Wisconsin" by Rollin D. Salisbury
All along the line, Antony's warships were driving back and breaking the formation of Octavius'.
"Superwomen" by Albert Payson Terhune
The back of the stalagmite constitutes a separate grotto of stalactites and shell-pattern formation.
"The Jenolan Caves" by Samuel Cook
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In news:

While this past week's 'Supernatural' episode "Bitten" may have gone a bit off the beaten path with its found-footage format, next week it'll be back to business as usual for the Winchesters with their latest effort " Blood Brother .
Is a medical journal ad for platelet-inhibition testing backed up by evidence that treatment guided by such testing can reduce the risk of clot formation.
Mamiya Leaf Credo Medium Format Digital Camera Backs In 40, 60, and 80 Megapixels.
One day it simply disappeared, despite the fact that the Formatting box under View Toolbars remained selected—how to get it back was a frustrating mystery.
Getting Phillips back in the lineup last week was key to the formations .
Since then, victory formations have featured a wide receiver or a defensive back lined up roughly seven yards behind the quarterback.
There's a chance that the Browns could use tight end Alex Smith at fullback or go with single-back formations.
Clay had played some in a three-back formation - usually along with Clarke and one of the team's tailbacks - but nothing approaching this level of activity.
Most niche grocery stores have the same format: some fresh produce up front, cases of meat and fish in the back, lots of prepared items from the deli case, maybe a small sweets section, a few dozen types of wine and beer.
Eight kites , flying in formation, tacking back and forth, that would be an interesting sight to see.
If you remember back in the time there were different radio formats than there are now.
There weren't many new medium-format cameras and digital backs announced this year, but the ones that were launched offered powerful, high-resolution sensors and a range of new features.
Looking back on my formative years, it's hard to overstate how much of my world view, my sense of humor and taste for twisted satire was shaped by Mad magazine.
Perhaps, they're more concerned with backing a format that might not make it mainstream.
Restaurant Operators Pull Back on Capital Spending Sep 1, 2011 Printable format Email this Article Search.
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In science:

This year they are back as a solution to the problem of excess small scale structure in models of galaxy and cluster formation (Cembranos and Orlem 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006
Formation in a very slow outflow may be possible if both the front and back sides of the flow are visible.
High-resolution Spectroscopy of [Ne II] Emission from TW Hya
In spite of many studies of the star formation (SF) process in all types of galaxy, and of the variation of the total SF rate (SFR) as a function of cosmological look-back time, many questions remain.
The H alpha Galaxy Survey. IV. Star formation in the local Universe
Perhaps the most important single implication of the work in this area, however, is that the old GCs represent a common thread in early galaxy evolution, dating back to the first star formation within the pregalactic gas clouds.
Massive star clusters in galaxies
These kinds of studies can be carried out for nearby resolved galaxies in the entirety to study both recent star formation and also the entire star formation history going back to the earliest times.
Working Group Summary - Local Universe
Stars by themselves are excellent probes of global processes going back to the formation epoch of any stellar system.
Working Group Summary - Local Universe
The lower panel shows the star formation history derived from the most massive clusters (with back-evolved masses and t4 =8Gyr) as thick solid lines, splitting into two branches, the upper using the fading limit mass in gaps and the lower using Mmax = 0M(cid:12) .
The star formation history of the Large Magellanic Cloud as seen by star clusters and stars
Influence of the parameters of the star cluster mass function on the normalisation of the star formation history, derived from the complete cluster population (dynamically back-evolved cluster masses with t4 = 8 Gyr and time-variable completeness mass Mc , the middle in Fig. 5, top panel).
The star formation history of the Large Magellanic Cloud as seen by star clusters and stars
Mechanistically, the localized excitability can be traced back to the diffusive mixing of the two separate adsorbates at the interface causing the formation of a mixed coadsorbate phase which is required to make the system excitable.
A New Type of Traveling Interface Modulations in a Catalytic Surface Reaction
For a Gaussian distribution, all statistical information is contained in the power spectrum, and because structure formation is a deterministic process, all statistical quantities at late times can be traced back to the initial power spectrum.
Backreaction in late-time cosmology
Indeed, back in 1974 Penrose first showed that a black hole can be formed in classical high energy head-on collisions and in 1987 ’t Hooft made preliminary arguments for graviton dominance and black hole formation in the trans-Planckian domain, which has been clarified by many subsequent studies.
Black holes and the LHC: A review
This model also indicates that reionization feeds back on star formation by suppressing it in the low-mass haloes at early times (Thoul & Weinberg 1996; Choudhury & Ferrara 2007).
The escape fraction of ionizing photons from high redshift galaxies from data-constrained reionization models
Since at redshifts z (cid:24)>  galaxies are expected to be hard to detect, one may think of using population synthesis models to trace back the early history of star formation from observations at lower redshifts.
SPECTRA OF YOUNG GALAXIES
Unfortunately, stellar absorption-line strengths cannot yet be used to trace back the history of star formation in spiral galaxies.
SPECTRA OF YOUNG GALAXIES
However, tracing back the onset of star formation in normal disk galaxies appears to be a long way ahead.
SPECTRA OF YOUNG GALAXIES
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