[bak-bawrd, -bohrd]
a board placed at or forming the back of anything.
Basketball. a board or other flat vertical surface to which the basket is attached.

1755–65; back1 + board Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
backboard (ˈbækˌbɔːd)
1.  a board that is placed behind something to form or support its back
2.  a board worn to straighten or support the back, as after surgery
3.  (in basketball) a flat upright surface supported on a high frame, under which the basket is attached

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Medical Dictionary

backboard back·board (bāk'bôrd')

  1. A board placed under or behind something to provide firmness or support.

  2. A board placed beneath the body of a person with an injury to the neck or back, used especially in transporting the person in such a way as to avoid further injury.

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Example sentences
Perimeter shots thudded off the backboard, some missing the rim entirely.
Throwing the ball off the backboard for a dunk on a breakaway is nothing new.
He was taken off the field on a backboard and a cart.
It bounced off the rim and then the backboard before finding its intended
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