• WordNet 3.6
    • v backstop act as a backstop
    • n backstop a precaution in case of an emergency "he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"
    • n backstop (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
    • n backstop (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Backstop In baseball, a fence, prop. at least 90 feet behind the home base, to stop the balls that pass the catcher; also, the catcher himself.
    • Backstop In cricket, the longstop; also, the wicket keeper.
    • Backstop In rounders, the player who stands immediately behind the striking base.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backstop In base-ball, a fence placed a short distance behind the catcher to stop the ball if he fails to catch it.
    • n backstop In base-ball, the catcher. See def. 1.
    • n backstop A stop or pawl designed to check the backward movement of a wheel; a detent.
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In literature:

Thomas slammed the ball with a force which carried it far over the wire backstop.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
A net for a backstop is necessary.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
Finally, the tenth shot smacked against the backstop and he racked his weapon and punched at the target return button.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
Besides, it's nothing but a gaudy way of saying that Tickler backstops the memory.
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Since the warning he had used the horizon as a backstop for all his shots.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Still, it was unusual, and the lieutenant who served as combination secretary and backstop for oratory quaked as he listened.
"Prologue to an Analogue" by Leigh Richmond
I'm going to rig a backstop so Rick can practice.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
We've got to have a backstop as good as Nelson.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
I came here as I didn't want to lose the balls, and the fence makes a good backstop.
"Baseball Joe of the Silver Stars" by Lester Chadwick
He left Miss Fitzgerald to serve into the backstop and walked across the court to where Madge stood.
"The Whirligig of Time" by Wayland Wells Williams
Hinsdale was a good backstop, but his throwing to second was erratic.
"Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball" by J. W. Duffield
Why, I'd even been glad to act as backstop.
"The Rival Pitchers" by Lester Chadwick
The tennis men had a backstop ten feet high and an imaginary court where they practiced what strokes they could.
"Bert Wilson, Marathon Winner" by J. W. Duffield
As a backstop he is a wizard.
"Frank Merriwell's Triumph" by Burt L. Standish
The ball looped high, striking the backstop.
"Dan Carter and the Cub Honor" by Mildred A. Wirt

In news:

Time for Congress to Wean US Banks From an Outdated Crisis Backstop .
The Yankees' Bookworm Backstop .
Will Canada be the Global Backstop for US Courts.
Ireland's Noonan Says Lack of ESM Backstop May Create Issues.
While nothing is set in stone, the belief that Thole will be the team's future backstop is up in the air now more than ever.
When Antti Niemi and Michael Leighton backstopped their teams to the Stanley Cup Final some people said it could have teams trending cheaper goaltenders.
Buster Posey backstops Giants' trip back to World Series.
Time for Congress to Wean US Banks From an Outdated Crisis Backstop.
Lifetime annuities , as the name implies, provide a stream of income you can't outlive (provided the insurer or the government backstop stays solvent.
The Federal Reserve and European Central Bank may be financial backstops but they can't pitch certainty into an economy.
The home run fence, bleachers and backstop are gone.
NYSE to Use Twitter, Facebook as Backstop to Spread Word of End-of-Day Trading Imbalance .
It again acted as an effective backstop this week when Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's announcement to resign early unsettled Italian debt market with negative spillovers also for Spanish bonds.
The Skid Steer Pallet Fork is ideal for handling pallets of bricks or boxes as this pallet fork features a one-piece backstop with class II forks rated at 4,000 pounds (for the pair).
New skid-steer pallet with one-piece backstop from Worksaver.