The back describes the area of horse anatomy where the saddle goes, and in popular usage extends to include the loin or lumbar region behind the thoracic vertebrae that also is crucial to a horse's weight-carrying ability. These two sections of the vertebral column beginning at the withers, the start of the thoracic vertebrae, and extend to the last lumbar vertebra. Because horses are ridden by humans, the strength and structure of the horse's back is critical to the animal's usefulness.

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  1. The rear of the body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
    Could you please scratch my back?
  2. The spine and associated tissues.
    I hurt my back lifting those crates.
  3. The side of any object which is opposite the front or useful side.
    Turn the book over and look at the back.
  4. The reverse side; the side that is not normally seen.
    I hung the clothes on the back of the door.
  5. That which is farthest away from the front.
    He sat in the back of the room.
  6. Area behind, such as the backyard of a house
    We'll meet out in the back of the library.
  7. The part of something that goes last.
    The car was near the back of the train.
  8. The side of a blade opposite the side used for cutting.
    Tap it with the back of your knife.
  9. The part of a piece of clothing which covers the back.
    I still need to finish the back of your dress.
  10. The edge of a book which is bound.
    The titles are printed on the backs of the books.
  11. The backrest, the part of a piece of furniture which receives the human back.
    Can you fix the back of this chair?
  12. Upper part of a natural object which is considered to resemble an animal's back.
    The small boat raced over the backs of the waves.
  13. That part of the body that bears clothing.
  14. In some team sports, a position behind most players on the team.
    The backs were lined up in an I formation.
  15. A support or resource in reserve.
  16. The keel and keelson of a ship.
    The ship's back broke in the pounding surf.
  17. The inside margin of a page.
  18. The roof of a horizontal underground passage.
  19. Effort, usually physical.
    Put some back into it!
  20. Large and attractive buttocks.
  21. A non-alcoholic drink (often water or a soft drink), to go with hard liquor or a cocktail.
  22. Among leather dealers, one of the thickest and stoutest tanned hides.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A large shallow vat; a cistern, tub, or trough, used by brewers, distillers, dyers, picklers, gluemakers, and others, for mixing or cooling wort, holding water, hot glue, etc.
  2. A ferryboat.


  1. To go in the reverse direction.
  2. To support.
  3. to change direction contrary to its normal pattern (anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere, clockwise in the southern)
  4. to brace the yards so that the wind presses on the front of the sail, to slow the ship
  5. to lay out a second, smaller anchor to provide additional holding power
  6. To stand still behind another dog which has pointed.
  7. To push or force backwards.
    to back oxen
  8. To get upon the back of; to mount.
  9. To place or seat upon the back.
  10. To make a back for; to furnish with a back.
    to back books
  11. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
  12. To write upon the back of, possibly as an endorsement.
    to back a letter; to back a note or legal document


  1. Near the rear.
  2. Not current.
  3. Far from the main area.
  4. Produced in the back of the mouth.


  1. To or in a previous condition or place.
  2. Away from the front or from an edge.
  3. In a manner that impedes.
  4. In a reciprocal manner.

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