backboard

noun back·board \ -ˌbȯrd \
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

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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First Known Use of backboard

1761

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of backboard for English Language Learners

  • basketball : the board behind the basket


Medical Dictionary

backboard

noun 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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