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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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 Fairdale had a final shot to tie, but Craig Ashe’s 22-footer at the buzzer bounced off the backboard and rim. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Peaking at the right time, PRP beats Fairdale for 21st District boys basketball title," 23 Feb. 2018 Later, Berger's report said EMS loaded Grimes onto a backboard then a cot. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Trooper tases teen on ATV. Police video reveals what happens next.," 11 Apr. 2018 Then Montoya showed up, and a little later, the litter team from El Portal loaded me onto the inflatable backboard. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 John Calipari had seen enough after point guard Quade Green's 3-pointer hit the side of the backboard and the Aggies scored easily with a breakaway lay-up. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "UK basketball falls at Texas A&M, loses third straight for first time in John Calipari era," 10 Feb. 2018 Durant has donated money to refurbish the outdoor courts, purchase new backboards for the courts inside, and provide video games and flatscreen TVs. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "Kevin Durant inspires next generation of 'rec center kids' with another title," 9 June 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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