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backhand

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noun back·hand \ˈbak-ˌhand\

Simple Definition of backhand

  • : a way of hitting a ball in tennis and similar games in which the back of the hand holding the racket is turned in the direction of the ball

  • : a catch in baseball and similar games that is made on the side of the body that is opposite the hand being used

Full Definition of backhand

  1. 1 a :  a stroke (as in tennis) made with the back of the hand turned in the direction of movement; also :  the side on which such strokes are made b :  a catch (as in baseball) made to the side of the body opposite the hand being used

  2. 2 :  handwriting whose strokes slant downward from left to right

Examples of backhand

  1. She has a good backhand but a weak forehand.



Illustration of backhand

1657

First Known Use of backhand

1657


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backhand

adjective back·hand

Definition of backhand

  1. :  made with a backhand <a backhand tennis stroke>



1695

First Known Use of backhand

1695


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backhand

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adverb back·hand \-ˈhan-dəd\

Definition of backhand

  1. :  with a backhand



1889

First Known Use of backhand

1889

Variants of backhand

or back·hand·ed play \-ˈhan-dəd\

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backhand

verb back·hand

Definition of backhand

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to do, hit, or catch backhand



Circa 1935

First Known Use of backhand

circa 1935



BACKHAND Defined for Kids

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backhand

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noun back·hand \ˈbak-ˌhand\

Definition of backhand

  1. 1 :  a stroke in sports played with a racket that is made with the back of the hand turned in the direction in which the hand is moving

  2. 2 :  a catch (as in baseball) made with the arm across the body and the palm turned away from the body




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backhand

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adverb or adjective back·hand

Definition of backhand

  1. :  with a backhand <caught backhand>





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