back·​spin | \ ˈbak-ˌspin How to pronounce backspin (audio) \

Definition of backspin

: a backward rotary motion of a ball

Examples of backspin in a Sentence

put backspin on the ball
Recent Examples on the Web Day leaped into a share of the lead with an eagle on the 14th, holing out from 118 yards by dropping it past the pin with a sublime backspin that took it straight into the hole. Greg Beacham, ajc, 30 Jan. 2022 Black-D’Elia is a natural TV lead who is able to convey pain, angst or need with a backspin of optimism. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 Instead, Sanchez overran it, misread the backspin and the ball dropped on the dirt behind the plate, resulting in his sixth error. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The forward arced a shot into the crossbar, forcing the ball to ricochet downwards with enough backspin to carom into the goal. Julia Poe,, 22 Sep. 2021 That floats the ball high and then imparts enough backspin to stop the ball immediately. Joe Didonato, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Drop shots, loaded with backspin, are a weapon on clay, and retrieving them (or attempting to) means lots of sprints to the net. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 Their weapon was a pitch called the rise ball, which is thrown underhanded and with tremendous backspin. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Every shot, regardless of the golf club used, creates some backspin. Jeff Harper,, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of backspin

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backspin was in 1889

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“Backspin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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