• WordNet 3.6
    • adj backhand (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
    • adj backhand (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward
    • v backhand hit a tennis ball backhand
    • n backhand a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Backhand A kind of handwriting in which the downward slope of the letters is from left to right.
    • Backhand Backhanded; indirect; oblique.
    • Backhand Sloping from left to right; -- said of handwriting.
    • Backhand (Sports) The stroke of a ball with a racket or paddle, in which head of the racket starts from the side of the body opposite to that of the arm in which the racket is held, and proceeds forward to meet the ball. Contrasted with forehand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backhand Writing which slopes backward or to the left: as, he writes backhand.
    • n backhand In tennis, the position behind the principal player.
    • backhand Backhanded; unfavorable; unfair: as, a backhand influence.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Back, adv. + hand,


In literature:

Perhaps it is only another aspect of the spirit of altruism, a sort of backhanded vicariousness.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
With a backhand he knocked Cameron flat, out of range.
"The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail" by Ralph Connor
I received a backhanded slap: 'Peg Woffington!
"Peg Woffington" by Charles Reade
Bloom releases his hand and writes idly on the table in backhand, pencilling slow curves.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Rudolph, his cheeks on fire, darted past and dealt, full force, a clumsy backhand sweep of the arm.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
Most players are weaker on their backhand.
"Lawn Tennis for Ladies" by Mrs. Lambert Chambers
Crosscourts: To be mixed in with your straight up and down strokes are the crosscourt forehand and backhand shots.
"Squash Tennis" by Richard C. Squires
That last backhander at the claret-jug had determined him.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
The various backhand, high and low strokes will only come from constant practice.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
One of the detectives took the woman by the arm; she jerked it loose and aimed a backhand slap at him.
"Time Crime" by H. Beam Piper
He released his grip on the girl's neck and swung a clumsy, backhand blow at her head.
"This World Must Die!" by Horace Brown Fyfe
But before Raikes could make up his mind, a backhanded blow caused him to turn a somersault over the bench.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
With a backhanded slash de Gobignon knocked the point aside.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
But he was equal to the emergency, and, to make the disguise perfect, he gave to his writing the left hand or backhand stroke.
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
On the return, Kaby gave Lili, who'd started to grab too, an effortless backhand smash that set her down on the divan.
"The Big Time" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Lindsay had remodeled his own backhand, just the year before, upon that of the man sent to kill him.
"The Ambassador" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
The first blow, aimed backhand at his bare right leg, struck his shield instead.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
Every bowler should learn both forehand and backhand play.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Glyddyr turned upon him, and made a backhanded blow at his face.
"King of the Castle" by George Manville Fenn
As it fell, Klaas knocked it away with a backhanded blow, and sprang between it and his foe.
"The Golden Rock" by Ernest Glanville

In news:

Thibaulg Miller, 15, reaches out to hit a one handed backhand during tennis camp , Tuesday, July 24, at the Longboat Key Club Tennis Gardens.
The kids, chosen for their tennis skills and leadership, honed backhands and forehands, but also spent time off the court learning about life.
A backhand by Isner ended it, as the American won the fifth set, 70-68.
The Verve gets backhanded on their way back.
Sheepshead season has once again snuck up behind us and smacked us with a turkey-scented Yuletide backhand.
DHS senior Inés Guinard — shown here hitting a backhand — made the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section individual championships on Friday.
Turns out I'm not the only one around the office who has gotten one of these backhanded beauty compliments .
Rafael Nadal is eager to trade in his backstroke for his backhand.
It was a catch that got its share of replays last year, a backhanded touchdown grab by Marshall's Aaron Dobson between two East Carolina defenders.
He dropped the ninth game of the first set at 30-40 on a netted backhand.
Mats Sundin's backhand deserves showcase of its own in Hall of Fame : DiManno.
Feminists and supporters will often wail for everyone to stop focusing on Clinton's hair and clothes and listen to her ideas, but that's sort of a backhanded compliment.
After Omar Infante reached on an infield single leading off the fourth, Cabrera lined to Pablo Sandoval, who made a leaping, backhand catch at third base, and Fielder flied to Gregor Blanco on the left- field warning track.
Gael Monfils of France lines up a backhand during his victory Thursday against Victor Troicki of Serbia.
Many Gasparilla Island-area players have questions concerning the two-hand backhand.

In science:

Of course, if we do, at each time t, a “coarse graining” of ρ over the cell ΓMt then we are essentially back to dealing with ρMt , and we are just defining SB in a backhanded way.
From Time-symmetric Microscopic Dynamics to Time-asymmetric Macroscopic Behavior: An Overview