back·​spin | \ˈbak-ˌspin \

Definition of backspin 

: a backward rotary motion of a ball

Examples of backspin in a Sentence

put backspin on the ball

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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 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 For players to hit home runs, the bat needs to make strong contact on the bottom half of the ball to give it the necessary backspin to clear the fence. Kathryn Lundstrom,, "The 'Magic Tee' Is Here for the New Generation of Fly Ball Hitters," 5 Mar. 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 Pluto in Capricorn activates the career sector of your chart, but its backspin has been leading to false starts. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What This Week's Horoscope Means for You," 25 Sep. 2017 By 1959, Notre Dame’s F.N.M. Brown produced gorgeous wind-tunnel images of smoke streamlines showing the way a ball with backspin deflected its wake. Jenn Stroud Rossmann, The Atlantic, "The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball," 15 Sep. 2017 Murphy’s swing generates backspin to drive the ball out of the park. Jake Lourim,, "Pete Mackanin lauds Maikel Franco's progress after Phillies' road trip," 21 July 2017

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of backspin

: a backward spinning motion of a ball

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