backlog

noun
back·​log | \ ˈbak-ˌlȯg How to pronounce backlog (audio) , -ˌläg \

Definition of backlog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large log at the back of a hearth fire
2 : an accumulation of tasks unperformed or materials not processed a backlog of court cases

backlog

verb
backlogged; backlogging; backlogs

Definition of backlog (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of backlog in a Sentence

Noun We have a huge backlog of orders to be filled.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Covid-19 pandemic has produced a wedding backlog. Jessica Iredale, WSJ, 14 May 2022 The chip supplier was delayed due to a Covid-19-related closure, but the demand for computer vision had only increased and its backlog was piling up. Raf Peeters, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The crisis in Oregon, while extreme, reflects a nationwide reckoning on indigent defense, as courts seek to absorb a pandemic backlog of criminal cases with public defender systems that have long been underfunded and understaffed. Gillian Flaccus, ajc, 8 May 2022 Shanghai port remained open throughout the lockdown, but data from various shipping firms show an increasing backlog of ships and containers. Laura He, CNN, 6 May 2022 After the early 2020 start of the pandemic, an enormous backlog of work orders arose as meter shop employees tasked with maintaining the meters were sent home with pay. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 4 May 2022 One veteran prosecutor said some of his colleagues have complained that their caseloads have tripled or quadrupled since Gascón took office due to the resignations and a backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 In automotive, Qualcomm boosted its backlog of orders to $16 billion, up $3 billion since the prior quarter. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 The city is home to the world's largest port but COVID control measures have forced factories to close and prevented truckers from travelling across the city, leading to a severe backlog of container ships waiting to dock and unload their cargo. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During 2021, Energy Resources added 7.2 GW of new wind, solar and energy storage projects to backlog, which has grown at a 20 percent compound annual rate since 2017. Roger Conrad, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Outside of that May backlog, Alabama’s case count hasn’t been this high since March - though cases are still well below the highs seen here in December and January. al, 13 Aug. 2021 Outside of that May backlog, Alabama’s case count hasn’t been this high since March - though cases are still well below the highs seen here in December and January. al, 13 Aug. 2021 Outside of that May backlog, Alabama’s case count hasn’t been this high since March - though cases are still well below the highs seen here in December and January. al, 13 Aug. 2021 Outside of that May backlog, Alabama’s case count hasn’t been this high since March - though cases are still well below the highs seen here in December and January. al, 13 Aug. 2021 Outside of that May backlog, Alabama’s case count hasn’t been this high since March - though cases are still well below the highs seen here in December and January. al, 13 Aug. 2021 Outside of that May backlog, Alabama’s case count hasn’t been this high since March - though cases are still well below the highs seen here in December and January. al, 13 Aug. 2021 Outside of that May backlog, Alabama’s case count hasn’t been this high since March - though cases are still well below the highs seen here in December and January. al, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of backlog

Noun

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Backlog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backlog. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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