Backlog
Backlog Back"log` (b[a^]k"l[o^]g`; 115), n. [Back, a. + log.] 1. A large stick of wood, forming the back of a fire on the hearth. Contrasted to {forestick}. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

There was first a backlog, from fifteen to four and twenty inches in diameter and five feet long, imbedded in the ashes. --S. G. Goodrich. [1913 Webster]

2. An accumulation (of tasks or of materials) that were not performed or processed at the normal time and require attention; as, unexpected demand led to a large backlog of unfilled orders; politically motivated delays led to a large backlog of unconfirmed judicial appointments. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • backlog — ☆ backlog [bak′lôg΄ ] n. 1. a large log at the back of a fire, as in a fireplace 2. a reserve of something stored, saved, etc. 3. an accumulation of unfilled orders, unfinished work, etc. vi., vt. backlogged, backlogging to accumulate as a… …   English World dictionary

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  • backlog — (n.) 1680s, large log placed at the back of a fire, from BACK (Cf. back) (adj.) + LOG (Cf. log) (n.1). Figurative sense of something stored up for later use is first attested 1883, but this and the meaning arrears of unfulfilled orders (1932)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • backlog — [n] uncompleted work; accumulation excess, hoard, inventory, quantity, reserve(s), reservoir, resources, stock, stockpile, store, supply; concepts 432,787 …   New thesaurus

  • backlog — ► NOUN ▪ an accumulation of matters needing to be dealt with …   English terms dictionary

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  • Backlog — A build up of work that needs to be taken care of. The term backlog has a number of uses in finance. It may refer to a company s sales orders waiting to be filled or a stack of financial paperwork that needs to be processed, such as loan… …   Investment dictionary

  • backlog — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, huge, large VERB + BACKLOG ▪ be faced with, have ▪ We are faced with a backlog of orders we can t deal with …   Collocations dictionary

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