• WordNet 3.6
    • n backer invests in a theatrical production
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Backer băk"ẽr One who, or that which, backs; especially one who backs a person or thing in a contest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backer One who backs or gets on the back: as, a backer of untamed horses.
    • n backer One who backs or supports, or who aids and abets, another in an undertaking, especially in any trial of skill, agility, or strength; also, one who bets or “lays” his money in favor of a particular person, horse, etc., in a contest; one who indorses the notes or sustains the credit of another.
    • n backer In architecture, a narrow slate laid on the back of a broad square-headed one, where the slates begin to diminish in width.
    • n backer Nautical, a strap of rope or sennit fastened to a yard-arm to secure the head-earings of a sail.
    • backer Same as backermore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Backer one who backs or supports another in a contest: one who bets on a horse or the like
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bæc, Sw. bak, Dan. bag.


In literature:

He used up his grubstake, got a second from his backers, and subsequently a third.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Eleanore took the subway downtown to the Wall Street office of the man who was the hospital's principal backer.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Carew and his backers are sure to have a try for that million on Fire Mountain.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Dr. Slavens and his backer made their way to the front.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
I lost five pieces on him in a fight; and I fear he sold his backers.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I never sold a backer.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Seconded or instigated by certain traders, he set out to get one of those useful and invaluable bank charters for his backers.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
I lunched with my backer royally at the best inn in Limburg.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
I take Marse Frank's 'backer an' hide it in de Missus' trunk.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
The financial backers of the company at the first were Hazen and Blodget, who carried on business at Newburyport and Boston respectively.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond

In poetry:

When Hynam's outstripp'd, and when Alfred is whipp'd,
To keep him in sight of the leaders,
While Blueskin runs true, but his backers look blue,
For his rider's at work with the bleeders;
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
To his haunches I spring, and my muzzle I bring
To his flank, to his girth, to his shoulder;
Through the shouting and yelling I hear my name swelling,
The hearts of my backers grow bolder.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
He brought a lot of backers, too with money all galore,
Who covered all Coyote's bets and was for gambling more.
They said a horse that claimed this zone for his sunny habitat
Was incapable of bucking off a regular man like that.
"That Bucking Bronk, Coyote" by Curley Fletcher
Every "maneen" with a broken voice and backers there beside him.
And his socks outside his breeches, was a hero in his way;
Every nag around the country with a raw bush lad astride him
Was a racehorse with an Irish name upon St. Patrick's Day.
"St Patricks Day" by John O Brien
So that's the pay-off to my bid for fame.
But yesterday my head was in the sky,
And now I slink and sag in sorry shame,
And hate to look my backers in the eye.
They think I threw the fight; I sorto' feel
The ringworms rate me for a lousy heel.
"Beak-Bashing Boy" by Robert W Service

In news:

Calling all Georgia Bulldog backers and Crimson Tide fans.
Sacramento's airport has lesson for bullet-train backers.
Las Vegas bullet train backers gamble on record loan.
California bullet train backers want funds that Florida shunned.
Initiative backers say their priority was to end arrests for possession, and leave the details of regulation to officials.
Maybe, but NJ backers may not like it.
Irving has hosted the Byron Nelson golf tournament for 30 years, but Dallas hopes to lure the event away and has a backer in AT&T.
Location scouting for Nick Powell's Crusaders-in-China war movie has begun, with the co-production slated to open simultaneously worldwide in November 2013, says the project's Chinese backers.
Morsi's backers, foes clash in Cairo .
At least four people were killed Thursday as thousands of backers and foes of Egypt's president clashed in the largest conflict since Hosni Mubarak's ouster.
Blood Is Shed as Egyptian President's Backers and Rivals Battle in Cairo .
At Koch's Birthday, Bloomberg's Backers 'Stand Ready to Canvass Again, in Queens.
Oxford University's investment chief attacked private equity funds' charges, saying firms such as Carlyle Group LP are more interested in collecting fees for managing money than generating top returns for their backers.
Olympian backers hope squad can overcome Cathedral .
Judges accuse Islamist backers of President Mohamed Morsi of blocking their chambers and their work on deciding the legitimacy of the constitutional assembly.

In science:

The inspiral rates, and the possible existence of a “stalling radius” are important factors in the interpretation of the gravitational wave background that will be investigated with the pulsar timing array (Jaffe & Backer 2003).
Very High Angular Resolution Science with the Square Kilometre Array
The inspiral rates, and the possible existence of a “stalling radius” are important factors in the interpretation of the gravitational wave background that will be observed by the pulsar timing array (Jaffe & Backer 2003).
Very High Angular Resolution Science with the Square Kilometre Array
The discovery of the first millisecond pulsar (MSP) by Backer et al. (1982) heralded the study of a distinct subclass of the pulsar population.
Millisecond Pulsar Velocities
Rotational motion of a pulsar around its own axis had been proposed (Shabanova et al. 1979, Backer et al. 1982, Rawley et al. 1987, Matsakis et al. 1997) for using as a new time reference being analogue of universal time in astrometry.
Millisecond and Binary Pulsars as Nature's Frequency Standards. III. Fourier Analysis and Spectral Sensitivity of Timing Observations to Low-Frequency Noise
Radio observations provided the first indications that some neutron stars are spinning with periods approaching 1.5 ms (Backer et al. 1982).
Gravity Waves from Rotating Neutron Stars and Evaluation of Fast Chirp Transform Techniques