layback

noun

Definition of layback

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a combination of a receding nose and undershot jaw in certain animals (as a bulldog)

  2. 2 :  a rock-climbing maneuver in which a climber maintains his balance in a nearly horizontal position by pulling strongly against an underhold or sidehold

  3. 3 :  the backward inclination of an oarsman's body at the completion of the power phase of a stroke

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of layback

from the phrase lay back


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up layback? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to give up a position of power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!