back-order

verb
back-or·​der | \ˈbak-ˌȯr-dər \
back-ordered; back-ordering; back-orders

Definition of back-order 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to assign to the status of back order

back order

noun

Definition of back order (Entry 2 of 2)

: a business order yet to be fulfilled because stock is unavailable

Examples of back-order in a Sentence

Noun

The book I want to buy is a back order and won't be shipped for three weeks. The book I want to buy is on back order and won't be shipped for three weeks.

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But now, even those local anesthetics — lidocaine, ropivacaine and bupivacaine — are in short supply due to manufacturing problems and back orders, according to doctors and federal regulators. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Safety Violations Compound Pain Of Painkiller Shortages," 16 Apr. 2018 But now, even those local anesthetics — lidocaine, ropivacaine and bupivacaine — are in short supply due to manufacturing problems and back orders, according to doctors and federal regulators. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Safety Violations Compound Pain Of Painkiller Shortages," 16 Apr. 2018 But now, even those local anesthetics — lidocaine, ropivacaine and bupivacaine — are in short supply due to manufacturing problems and back orders, according to doctors and federal regulators. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Safety Violations Compound Pain Of Painkiller Shortages," 16 Apr. 2018 Below is a partial list of vehicles with airbag components still on back order. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Despite danger, airbag parts still on back order for some car models," 18 June 2018 But now, even those local anesthetics — lidocaine, ropivacaine and bupivacaine — are in short supply due to manufacturing problems and back orders, according to doctors and federal regulators. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Safety Violations Compound Pain Of Painkiller Shortages," 16 Apr. 2018 But now, even those local anesthetics — lidocaine, ropivacaine and bupivacaine — are in short supply due to manufacturing problems and back orders, according to doctors and federal regulators. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Safety Violations Compound Pain Of Painkiller Shortages," 16 Apr. 2018 Typically, no-hitters tend to feature a dynamic defensive play somewhere along the way, and this game had two fantastic ones in back-to-back order. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Astros' Gerrit Cole flirts with no-hitter, pitches a gem in rout of Diamondbacks," 4 May 2018 But now, even those local anesthetics — lidocaine, ropivacaine and bupivacaine — are in short supply due to manufacturing problems and back orders, according to doctors and federal regulators. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Safety Violations Compound Pain Of Painkiller Shortages," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of back-order

Verb

1901, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1887, in the meaning defined above

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back order

noun

Financial Definition of back order

What It Is

A back order is an order that cannot be filled in the usual time expected.

How It Works

John Doe purchases 10 tractors from a tractor dealer. The retailer has four on hand to ship; it has to wait for the factory to make the rest, which could take three or four months. The six missing tractors are back orders, and John Doe will receive them later.

Why It Matters

Many companies cannot easily predict how products will move. Though back orders can be an occasional side-effect of just-in-time  inventory and other efforts at efficient operations, back orders are usually not great for customer relations -- particularly during the holidays or for products that are "hot." Some companies measure their back order activity as part of their efforts to analyze inventory and purchasing. After all, a back order might indicate that a company has a hot product, but too many back orders can send customers into the arms of competitors.

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back order

noun

English Language Learners Definition of back order

business : a product that has been ordered but not sent to the customer because it is not yet available

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