backboard

noun

back·​board ˈbak-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce backboard (audio)
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 First-responders with harnesses climbed over a bridge, placed the man on a backboard and pulled him to safety, video from Star-Telegram media partner WFAA-TV shows. Amy McDaniel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 June 2024 As a defender rushed underneath, Keep swung on the rim and the backboard shattered. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 When Gunnar Henderson was on the court, no backboard was safe. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2024 For his coaches, the backboard incidents only served as further evidence that Henderson was special. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for backboard 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Backboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backboard. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

backboard

noun
back·​board ˈbak-ˌbōrd How to pronounce backboard (audio)
-ˌbȯrd
: a board placed at the back or serving as a back
especially : a rounded or rectangular board behind the basket on a basketball court

Medical Definition

backboard

noun
back·​board -ˌbȯrd How to pronounce backboard (audio)
: 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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