Backboard Back"board`, n. [2d back, n. + board.] [1913 Webster] 1. A board which supports the back when one is sitting; specifically, the board athwart the after part of a boat. [1913 Webster]

2. A board serving as the back part of anything, as of a wagon. [1913 Webster]

3. A thin stuff used for the backs of framed pictures, mirrors, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. A board attached to the rim of a water wheel to prevent the water from running off the floats or paddles into the interior of the wheel. --W. Nicholson. [1913 Webster]

5. A board worn across the back to give erectness to the figure. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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