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

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Recent Examples on the Web Dantzler was motionless on the field before being put on a backboard, carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Cornerback update: Dantzler, Fields and Hill miss practice; Hand limited; Boyd full-go," 4 Nov. 2020 At some point, he was placed on a backboard and went into cardiac arrest. oregonlive, "Portland police trainers vouched for officers in fatal shootings at grand juries without full knowledge of facts, report finds," 30 Sep. 2020 The Vikings got some good news amid mounting injuries at cornerback as rookie Cameron Dantzler has avoided serious injury to his head and neck after a collision that left him strapped to a backboard and in the hospital on Sunday in Green Bay. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Vikings' Cameron Dantzler has 'a chance to play' vs. Lions after scary collision," 2 Nov. 2020 The backboard is made from polycarbonate plastic to withstand a tough game. Popular Science, "Basketball gear for a great home game," 1 May 2020 Lillard was savage after George’s 3-point attempt from the corner hit the side of the backboard against the Nuggets in the fourth quarter. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum troll Patrick Beverley, Paul George after the Los Angeles Clippers’ Game 7 loss," 16 Sep. 2020 As the buzzer sounded, the improbable high-archer banked off the backboard and dropped in, sending the arena into a state of delirium and Okongwu back to the locker room with his finger raised to the rafters. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "2020 NBA Draft: Can Onyeka Okongwu be Cleveland Cavaliers’ version of Bam Adebayo?," 17 Sep. 2020 Anderson is remembered by USC fans for a behind-the-backboard shot against Washington on March 6, 1982, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Enquirer, "Dwight Anderson, former Dayton prep standout, University of Kentucky player dies," 8 Sep. 2020 Regulation ended with that score, when a Dragic 3-point attempt at the regulation buzzer wound up wedged between the rim and backboard. Ira Winderman,, "Heat fail to take advantage of Antetokounmpo’s absence, fall 118-115 in OT to Bucks," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of backboard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Nov 2020

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“Backboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of backboard

basketball : 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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