back·​board | \ˈbak-ˌbȯrd \

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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But just as Oladipo layed the ball up toward the backboard, James pinned it against the glass, robbing it of its symbolism. Rob Mahoney,, "LeBron James Saves a Season on the Brink," 26 Apr. 2018 The Kentucky freshman forward was aggressive off the bench, driving to the basket and launching toward the backboard for rebounds early. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball's winning streak snapped by surging Florida Gators," 3 Mar. 2018 Step three: Don't fully push the side panel into the backboard. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know Before Building an IKEA Malm Bed Frame," 12 Sep. 2018 The basketball rim, the backboard and the brace came out of the wall and hit Nolan on the head, Bill Thompson, assistant chief of police in St. Joseph County told the Tribune. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "He hoped to play hoops in the fall. But freak basketball accident kills Indiana teen," 26 June 2018 Three medics were scrambling to pull gear from the truck: IVs, an inflatable backboard, drugs, and medical supplies. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 With the shot clock winding down, LeBron tossed the ball off the backboard from beyond the free-throw line and threw down the two-handed dunk just before the 24-second clock went off. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "LeBron James started Game 3 with an electrifying self alley-oop off the backboard," 6 June 2018 The ball hit the backboard first and then James touched it. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "That LeBron James charge Ty Lue called unprecedented? The Pacers saw it first," 1 June 2018 However, the ball appeared to hit the backboard before James touched it — a goaltending violation. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Pacers: LeBron James' block on Victor Oladipo was 'clearly' goaltending," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of backboard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of backboard

basketball : the board behind the basket


back·​board | \-ˌbȯrd \

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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