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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The first set was chock with long, physical rallies, with Thiem proving every bit the human backboard that Nadal is on clay. Liz Clarke, The Denver Post, "Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open title with victory over Dominic Thiem," 9 June 2019 Checked by shot-blocking force Sagaba Konate, Sims flashed the slightest ball fake, rocketed left and exploded off two feet, finishing on the defender's head with a slam that caused the backboard to quake. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "UT’s gutsy overtime win might have sealed NCAA berth," 3 Mar. 2018 Hof spun toward the baseline and got a great look — the ball hitting the backboard first, then the back of the rim, then rolled to the left side of the rim before finally spinning off. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Arizona State holds on late, ousts Miami 57-55," 24 Mar. 2019 Mitchell opened the contest by throwing the ball off one backboard, catching it in midair, and dunking on a different hoop. Joe Vardon,, "Donovan Mitchell edges Larry Nance in NBA Slam Dunk contest," 17 Feb. 2018 Sam Hauser rebounded for Marquette, but missed the desperation heave that harmlessly hit the bottom of the backboard. Jim Hoehn, The Seattle Times, "Ponds lifts St. John’s past No. 10 Marquette 70-69," 5 Feb. 2019 After Oladipo drove to the rim with ferocity and got a step on James, Indiana's All-Star put the ball off the backboard with some spin. Chris Fedor,, "LeBron James' block against Victor Oladipo in Game 5 should have been ruled goaltending, according to NBA," 26 Apr. 2018 But the center for Sunnybrook Christian Academy caught up with him, redirecting the shot away from the basket before emphatically slapping the backboard. Adam Zuvanich, San Antonio Express-News, "St. Anthony’s hoop dreams getting a rude awakening," 10 Feb. 2018 Saturday, Custer watched on the floor from his back as the game-winner hit the rim, hit the backboard and fell through the net to lift the Ramblers over No. 3 seed Tennessee. Andy Staples,, "Third-Straight Clutch Shot, Third-Straight Upset for Elite Eight-Bound Cinderella Loyola-Chicago," 22 Mar. 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 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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