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
Recent Examples of backboard from the Web
Not long after, Durant nearly broke the backboard on a long jumper.
With under two minutes to play, James came barreling down the court for a chasedown block on Iguodala, sending what could have been a game-changing layup off the backboard and into Cleveland's possession.
There will be small game clocks on top the backboards in a location where colleges place 24-second clocks.
To help find the best spot to aim for, imagine a V with its point in the top-center area of the backboard square.
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Definition of backboard for English Language Learners
basketball : the board behind the basket
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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