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[bak-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbækˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board placed at or forming the back of anything.
Basketball. a board or other flat vertical surface to which the basket is attached.
Origin of backboard
1755-65; back1 + board Unabridged
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Examples from the web for backboard
  • 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 destination.
  • If the clock is unclear during viewing of a replay, then the red light behind the backboard would be the determining factor.
  • Place the backboard or other device in the center of the blanket.
  • The backboard should be attached to the wall using correct mounting hardware and procedures.
  • If the wall is sheet-rocked, attach the backboard to the studs.
  • If the wall is concrete, attach the backboard using anchors.
  • Both of these products consist of a laundry basket attached to a backboard in the form of a basketball hoop and basket.
British Dictionary definitions for backboard


a board that is placed behind something to form or support its back
a board worn to straighten or support the back, as after surgery
(in basketball) a flat upright surface supported on a high frame, under which the basket is attached
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backboard in Medicine

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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