back·​board | \ ˈbak-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce backboard (audio) \

Definition of backboard

1 : a board placed at or serving as the back of something especially : a rounded or rectangular board behind the basket on a basketball court which serves to keep missed shots from going out-of-bounds and from which the ball can be made to rebound into the basket
2 : a stiff board on which an injured person and especially one with neck or spinal injuries is placed and immobilized in order to prevent further injury during transport

Examples of backboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kaodirichi Akobundu-Ehiogu, a 6-9 Nigerian center, can touch the top of the backboard and had 60 blocks in 18 games last season. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2021 The chants started shortly after Derrick Jones Jr. did his best to rip the rim off the backboard. Julia Poe,, 20 Nov. 2021 Kuminga managed to catch up to the 6-foot-3 guard and used both hands to block his layup attempt off the backboard. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2021 Raynor took one dribble, two steps and a baby hook as the ball hit the backboard and rolled through the hoop. Matt Goul, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2021 The fiberglass backboard on his basketball goal was shattered. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Clark was loaded onto a backboard and then taken via cart to an ambulance which waited on one of the corners of the field. Andy Vasquez, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021 On this play, instead of trying for a lob-dunk, the idea was to bounce the inbounds pass off the backboard. Mark Faller, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2021 Some tennis players said the basketball games themselves, with the basketball bouncing and hitting the backboard, made too much noise. Kimberly Fornek,, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of backboard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backboard was in 1761

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“Backboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backboard

: the board behind the basket


back·​board | \ -ˌbȯrd How to pronounce backboard (audio) \

Medical Definition of backboard

: a stiff board on which an injured person and especially one with neck or spinal injuries is placed and immobilized in order to prevent further injury during transport

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