back·​bend | \ ˈbak-ˌbend How to pronounce backbend (audio) \

Definition of backbend

1 : a movement (as in gymnastics) in which from a standing position with the knees straight the body is arched backward until the hands touch the floor over the head
2 : a posture or pose (as in yoga) that extends the front of the body and bends the spine backwards … this action supports your lower back and generates a strong lift of the belly out of the pelvis to help release the spine into a deep backbend.— Barbara Benagh

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When the coast was clear at the Anna Sui rehearsal, Hill even showed off her gymnastics skills and did a backbend on the runway. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Watch Taylor Hill’s New York Fashion Week Experience, Which Included Pizza Delivery and a Backbend on the Runway," 19 Feb. 2019 Where a classic Nike ad might show an athlete in midstride, alone with her determination, Outdoor Voices is all about group shots of women practicing backbends or dribbling balls midlaugh. Nora Caplan-bricker, Outside Online, "Ty Haney Is the Queen of Athleisure," 5 June 2018 The ballerina, who still holds that backbend, and her partner gaze behind themselves — and yet they are propelled in the opposite direction, by her legs, which stretch, flourish and, walking on point, slowly lead the way. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "How Balanchine Turns a Fairy Story Into Tragedy," 20 Feb. 2018 This sequence is designed for a regular practitioner, so expect faster transitions, inversions, standing poses and backbends. Chloe Kernaghan, Time, "This 10-Minute Cardio Yoga Workout Will Help Make You More Flexible," 10 July 2018 For the cow pose, inhale and – leading with your sternum and chest – bring your shoulders and head up so your spine makes a gentle backbend. Beth Wood,, "Yoga and meditation tips for caregivers," 25 Apr. 2018 The studio’s Wake Up & Flow series, held at the early hour of 6:00 a.m., promises heart-opening backbends—and heart-pumping playlists. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Turn Up the Heat With Hot Yoga for a Total Spring Body Reboot," 13 Apr. 2018 Most of the time, the dancers travel as a group, and the contractions and deep backbends recall Ailey’s mentor, pioneer choreographer Lester Horton, not a bad model. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ailey dancers strike gold in annual UC visit," 11 Apr. 2018 And, of course, impressive technique: crisp, blindingly fast footwork, deep backbends, sculptural arms, fluid hands. Marina Harss, New York Times, "A Fenómeno of the Flamenco World," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of backbend

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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