back·​fill | \ ˈbak-ˌfil How to pronounce backfill (audio) \
backfilled; backfilling; backfills

Definition of backfill

: to refill (something, such as an excavation) usually with excavated material backfill a trench

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backfill noun

Examples of backfill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Foxtail palms were replaced with live oaks using plastic honeycomb-like cells backfilled with soil that support the sidewalk underground but give roots room to grow. Kimberly Miller,, "Oaks instead of palm trees? Florida’s iconic palms don’t cut it with climate change," 14 Nov. 2019 NRG Energy backfilled a large portion of Shell’s space at 910 Louisiana last year. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Stantec to consolidate Houston offices to landmark One Shell Plaza building," 25 Oct. 2019 The hour and a half of time off an officer received as compensation for working secondary employment could become 2.25 hours of compensation if an officer is needed to backfill the position,’’ the audit noted. oregonlive, "Portland police fail to manage overtime effectively, city audit finds," 1 Oct. 2019 So the trail was closed down late in 2017 for renovation that included construction of some impressive retaining walls, backfilled with gravel and crushed rock. Steve Schoonover, The Mercury News, "The route to Hell is open again in Northern California," 20 Sep. 2019 The official expressed confidence that the funding would be backfilled but acknowledged it was not guaranteed. Washington Post, "Pentagon takes money from Puerto Rico, European projects to fund Trump’s wall," 6 Sep. 2019 There is no guarantee the funds will automatically be backfilled, according to a congressional official and a U.S. defense official. NBC News, "Trump's plan to pay for border wall with Air Force funds risks national security, report says," 13 Sep. 2019 Crews were still working to replace the line and backfill their excavation hole before Cordial Road, on the south side of Interstate 8, could be re-opened and water service restored in the area. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Water main break near Lakeside disrupts water service," 13 Sep. 2019 Coyote Point was originally an island, but the coastline was backfilled to create a cattle pasture. Bill Van Niekerken,, "When Peninsula’s ‘Coney Island of the West’ was snuffed out by a stench," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of backfill

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backfill was in 1874

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24 Nov 2019

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“Backfill.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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