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backhaul

noun back·haul \ ˈbak-¦hȯl \

Definition of backhaul

plural backhauls
1 :the return movement of a transportation vehicle from the direction of its principal haul especially transporting a shipment back over part or all of the route
2 telecommunications :the physical part of a communications network between the central backbone and the individual local networks
  • … the data flows along the power lines for about a kilometer before it’s siphoned off the line and into an optical fiber or cellular-based backhaul system.
  • —David SchneiderIEEE SpectrumJuly 2009

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Origin and Etymology of backhaul

3back + haul


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backhaul

verb, transitive + intransitive back·haul \ ˈbak-¦hȯl \

Definition of backhaul

backhauled; backhauling; backhauls
1 T/I :to pick up (something) at one of the stops along a delivery route and transport it over part or all of the return route
  • The grocer has its own recycling facilities where materials to be recycled are backhauled to its distribution centres.
  • —Liz MorrellRetail Week16 Oct. 2009
  • As shipping rates increase, backhauling empty containers makes less economic sense.
  • —Thomas M. StrahTransport Topics10 July 2006
  • … they also attempt to maximize backhauling, in which goods from a supplier are picked up on a truck's return trip to a distribution center, to reduce the number of empty miles driven.
  • —Liz ParksSupermarket News1 Mar. 2007
2 T telecommunications :to transmit (data) over the backhaul part of a network
  • The exponential growth in wireless traffic … [is] forcing mobile carriers to deal with backhauling data from the cell sites to the core network.
  • —Jan Norman, Orange County Register (California)22 Mar. 2011

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First Known Use of backhaul

1915


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