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backstop

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noun back·stop \-ˌstäp\

Simple Definition of backstop

  • 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of backstop

  1. 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. 2 :  a player (as the catcher) positioned behind the batter

Examples of backstop in a sentence

  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



1851

First Known Use of backstop

1851


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backstop

verb back·stop

Definition of backstop

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  support, bolster

  3. 2 :  to serve as a backstop to

  4. 3 :  to play the position of goalkeeper for <backstop a hockey team>



Examples of backstop in a sentence

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



1941

First Known Use of backstop

1941


BACKSTOP Defined for Kids

backstop

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noun back·stop \ˈbak-ˌstäp\

Definition of backstop for Students

  1. :  a fence behind the catcher to keep a baseball from rolling away




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