• WordNet 3.6
    • n backboard a board used to support the back of someone or something
    • n backboard a raised vertical board with basket attached; used to play basketball "he banked the shot off the backboard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Backboard A board attached to the rim of a water wheel to prevent the water from running off the floats or paddles into the interior of the wheel.
    • Backboard A board serving as the back part of anything, as of a wagon.
    • Backboard A board which supports the back when one is sitting;
    • Backboard A board worn across the back to give erectness to the figure.
    • Backboard A thin stuff used for the backs of framed pictures, mirrors, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backboard A board for the back; a board placed at the back or serving as the back of something. Specifically— A board placed across the stern-sheets of a boat to support the backs of the occupants.
    • n backboard A board used in a lathe to sustain the pillars supporting the puppet-bar.
    • n backboard In English [Yorkshire] coal-mining, a thirl or cross-hole communicating with the return air-course.
    • backboard In leather manufacturing, to board on the flesh side instead of on the grain side as in regular boarding.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
2d back, n. + board,


In literature:

Already half its weight was supported by the dray's backboard.
"McTeague" by Frank Norris
The backboard was adjusted at a comfortable angle in the stern seat of our little boat.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
Some distance in the rear were Shock and the doctor in the backboard.
"The Prospector" by Ralph Connor
The other constable helped him to let down the backboard of the cart.
"Colonel Thorndyke's Secret" by G. A. Henty
I remember hearing her describe the backboard and spiked collar she wore for several hours each day when she was a child.
"Mr. Pat's Little Girl" by Mary F. Leonard
Just off an old drain I found an overturned wagon with a loophole cut through the backboard.
""Over There" with the Australians" by R. Hugh Knyvett
One of the men jumped down, and fumbled at the iron pins which kept the backboard of the cart in its place.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
After somebody has broke a leg or two, then they'll put backboards to 'em.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
The Midshipman lay across the backboard, staring out to the port-quarter.
"H.M.S. ----" by Klaxon
I helped the girl into the backboard and climbed in beside her.
"Harvard Stories" by Waldron Kintzing Post

In news:

Hiker rescued from Kittatinny Mountains, carried out on backboard.
Central Dauphin's Devin Thomas shatters backboard .
Mitch McGary threw down a backboard breaking dunk during Elite 24 warm-ups.
The backboards we break in life echo in eternity.
Isaiah Martin of Harlem and his broken backboard .
Harlem forfeits for broken backboard .
Pacers' Boomer smashes HS backboard .
On TV replays there appeared to be a discrepancy between the clock on the top of the backboard and the clock on the ribbon scoreboard on the facade of the stands behind the basket, adding to the confusion.
The courts at the top of Pan Pacific Park are mediocre — cracked concrete, double rims, wooden backboards.
And maybe the backboards could use reinforcement.
Mount Hood dominated the backboards, shot 53 percent from the field and got to the free-throw line more often than Walla Walla here Friday during the first round of the Red Devil Classic community college men's basketball tournament.
Using a cardboard cutout of KORD's Chuck Hall and Greg Delange as a backboard, the "athletes" tried to throw sticky notes into a wicker basket in 60 seconds.
City of Naples Firefighters placed an adult female victim on a backboard before transferring her to a hospital.
View full size Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger Seen through a backboard in Laurel Park in Springfield, which has had the hoop removed, brothers Adam, 11, and Max, 15, Cohen play basketball.
With about three minutes remaining in Friday's game against the New Jersey Nets, Jason Richardson tossed a lob pass off the backboard in anticipation that Dwight Howard would be there for the emphatic finish.

In science:

DAQ system The philosophy of the design of the Cherenkov telescope DAQ is integrated and compact so that the entire DAQ can be arranged on the backboard of the focal plane camera.
Properties and Performance of Two Wide Field of View Cherenkov/Fluorescence Telescope Array Prototypes
Carefully monitoring the status of each telescope is necessary, including the door status, voltages, and temperatures at different places (e.g., enclosed areas inside the camera, backboard of the PMT camera, and inside the housing of the UV LED).
Properties and Performance of Two Wide Field of View Cherenkov/Fluorescence Telescope Array Prototypes