backboard

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noun back·board \-ˌbȯrd\

Definition of backboard

  1. 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. 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

1761

First Known Use of backboard

1761


BACKBOARD Defined for English Language Learners

backboard

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noun back·board \-ˌbȯrd\

Definition of backboard for English Language Learners

  • basketball : the board behind the basket


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backboard

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noun back·board \-ˌbȯrd\

Medical Definition of backboard

  1. :  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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