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 Halfway through Sunday afternoon’s workout — and not for the first time this summer camp — Greene took batting practice, spraying baseballs with backspin around the field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Riley Greene reminds that Torkelson isn't the only hitting talent," 5 July 2020 Though many of us associate cosmic backspins with Mercury, the planet of communication, all planets go retrograde. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 The second was all Larnach with a bunch of backspin. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Nick Madrigal closing in on return to Oregon State baseball lineup as Beavers prep for Civil War," 18 Apr. 2018 The Giants’ optimism is rooted in the direction the ball travels off his bat — in the air — with backspin that creates carry. Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants hope outfielder Mac Williamson has found swing to unleash power," 12 Mar. 2018 Just like that a delicate backspin dropshot in tennis, which causes the ball to hover just over the net. Hugh Hunt, Smithsonian, "How a British Engineer Made a Bomb That Could Bounce On Water," 17 May 2018 Most pitchers throw hardest by holding their fastball across the seams, meaning all four seams backspin through the air on each revolution. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "From High School Outfielder to Cardinals Flamethrower," 23 June 2018 While Mercury’s reversal has been causing communication mishaps, Mars’s backspin has been causing serious slowdowns. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Outside of the foot, backspin, into the far-side netting. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018

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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 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backspin

: a backward spinning motion of a ball

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