verb Date: 1908 transitive verb to refill (as an excavation) usually with excavated material intransitive verb to backfill an excavation • backfill noun

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  • backfill — (n.) 1901 (as backfilling), from BACK (Cf. back) (adj.) + FILL (Cf. fill) (n.). The verb was in use by 1930 …   Etymology dictionary

  • backfill — [bak′fil΄] vt., vi. to refill (an excavation) as with earth, etc. previously removed n. material used in refilling an excavation …   English World dictionary

  • backfill — /ˈbækfɪl/ (say bakfil) noun 1. the material used to refill an excavation or support the roof of a worked mine. 2. sand or earth placed behind timber, steel, or concrete linings in mine shafts or tunnels. 3. Building Trades material used to refill …   Australian English dictionary

  • backfill — Reserve Component units and individuals recalled to replace deploying active units and/or individuals in the continental United States and outside the continental United States. See also Reserve Components …   Military dictionary

  • backfill — /bak fil /, n. 1. material used for refilling an excavation. v.t. 2. to refill (an excavation). [1950 55; BACK2 + FILL] * * * …   Universalium

  • backfill — 1. verb a) To refill a hole with the material dug out of it. The company backfilled Joes position after he was terminated. b) To refill an excavation unit to restore the former ground surface and or to preserve the unit and make it recognizable… …   Wiktionary

  • backfill — обратная засыпка (траншеи, трубы) …   Pipeline dictionary

  • backfill — verb refill (an excavated hole) with the material dug out of it. noun material used for backfilling …   English new terms dictionary

  • backfill — back•fill [[t]ˈbækˌfɪl[/t]] n. 1) civ material used for refilling an excavation 2) civ to refill (an excavation) • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • backfill — I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology: back (II) + fill : to replace earth in (as a trench or the open space around a foundation wall); also : to refill (as an excavation) with any material II. noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

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