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[bak-feeld] /ˈbækˌfild/
noun, Football.
(used with a plural verb) the members of the team who, on offense, are stationed behind the linemen and, on defense, behind the linebackers.
their positions considered as a unit.
the area where the backs play.
Origin of backfield
1910-15, Americanism; back1 + field Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for backfield
  • But in the postseason, he's been staying in the backfield and has missed a few tackles that he usually makes.
  • One client's family was cheering from the backfield where trees provided the only shade.
  • The two players who begin play at the ends of the offensive line are eligible receivers, as are all players in the backfield.
  • It's not how good the line is without a good backfield.
  • He heard them shouting as he stood in the backfield last year, a sitting duck in shoulder pads.
  • Had trouble with fumbles and danced a bit with the ball in the backfield.
  • Despite versatility, does not have a wealth of experience catching the football out of the backfield.
  • Only chance is to make it as a third-down receiver out of the backfield.
  • Run to fantasy championship starts in the backfield.
  • Cole does possess an explosive first step and flashes the ability to disrupt running plays in the backfield.
British Dictionary definitions for backfield


noun (American football)
(sometimes functioning as pl) the backfield, the quarterback and running backs in a team
the area behind the line of scrimmage from which the backfield begin each play
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