hollow back

noun

Definition of hollow back

: a book back in which the backs of the sections are affixed to the backbone of the cover only at the joints, the separation sometimes being made by a flattened tubular lining of paper or cloth also : a book so bound or a style of binding featuring this construction

called also open back, spring back

— compare tight backbone

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“Hollow back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hollow%20back. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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