out·​back | \ ˈau̇t-ˈbak How to pronounce outback (audio) , -ˌbak\

Definition of outback

: isolated rural country especially of Australia

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Examples of outback in a Sentence

people who live in the Australian outback tend to be self-sufficient

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Last year, the Experiment to Detect the Global Epoch of Reionization Signature (EDGES), a disarmingly simple antenna in the Australian outback, might have seen the first hint of the presence of primordial hydrogen around the earliest stars. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "The Quest to Unlock the Secrets of the Baby Universe," 26 Aug. 2019 This is Argentina's outback—remote, arid, deserted, one of the loneliest and most beautiful places in South America. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 This rare gemstone, prized for its dazzling play of color, hides out of sight in the Australian outback beneath a town roughly 450 miles northwest of Sydney. Clare Watson, Smithsonian, "Scientists and Miners Team Up to Preserve Opalized Fossils," 1 Aug. 2019 Meet Aboriginal people in the outback to learn about their culture, and camp out in the desert under the stars. National Geographic, "Australia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Further down the coast, Ningaloo Reef is where the likes of Pippa Middleton, Hemsworth and Matt Damon have traveled, staying at the uber-luxe outback-meets–beach safari camp Sal Salis where one of many main attractions is swimming with whale sharks. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Travel Guide to Western Australia," 16 July 2019 Researchers, for example, have discovered the fossilized remains of a herd of dinosaurs in an opal mine in the Australian outback. Fox News, "Mysterious dinosaur remains discovered in Colorado are from an adult triceratops, experts confirm," 25 June 2019 In the outback, capture Uluru’s red rock and ancient carvings aglow at sunset, and zoom in on endemic desert wildlife. National Geographic, "Australia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 The outback has the right geologic recipe for opal to form near the edges of an ancient inland sea. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Dinosaur bones shimmering with opal reveal a new species," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of outback

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outback was in 1893

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to make a temporary encampment

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