backstop


1back·stop

noun \-ˌstäp\

baseball : a fence or screen that is placed behind the catcher to prevent the ball from rolling away

: something that is kept so that it can be used if it is needed

Full Definition of BACKSTOP

1
:  something at the back serving as a stop: as
a :  a screen or fence for keeping a ball from leaving the field of play
b :  a stop (as a pawl) that prevents a backward movement (as of a wheel)
2
:  a player (as the catcher) positioned behind the batter

Examples of BACKSTOP

  1. The pitch got past the catcher and rolled all the way to the backstop.
  2. kept some gold as a backstop in case the value of the local currency collapsed

First Known Use of BACKSTOP

1851

2backstop

verb

Definition of BACKSTOP

transitive verb
2
:  to serve as a backstop to
3
:  to play the position of goalkeeper for <backstop a hockey team>

Examples of BACKSTOP

  1. <the Nobel-winning geneticist was of course backstopped in his research by a team of highly talented assistants>

First Known Use of BACKSTOP

1941

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