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backhand

[bak-hand] /ˈbækˌhænd/
noun
1.
a stroke, slap, etc., made with the palm of the hand turned toward the body and the back of the hand turned in the direction of the stroke, slap, etc.
2.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.
3.
handwriting that slopes toward the left.
adjective
5.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) of, pertaining to, or noting a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.
Compare forehand (def 1).
adverb
6.
with the back of the hand:
He hit him backhand across the face.
7.
from across the body; backhanded:
She returned the ball backhand on the first serve.
verb (used with object)
8.
to strike with the back of the hand.
9.
to hit, produce, or accomplish with a backhand.
10.
to catch (a ball or the like) backhanded.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; back2 + hand
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Examples for backhand
  • Embedded in the backhand area are three accelerometers.
  • Li bends at the knees and drills a backhand up the line.
  • Another key is better play off the backhand throughout the match.
  • He mis-hits a backhand volley and faces another break point.
  • His money shot is a one-handed backhand that is nothing short of a textbook, and truly has to be seen to be believed.
  • Work on your backhand on the tennis courts located beside the second parking lot.
  • Proper techniques of a forehand, backhand, volley and serve will be incorporated into the program.
  • To do this, stand on top of the log and cut with both the forehand swing and the backhand swing.
  • Program will concentrate on on basic stroke, forehand and backhand strokes, serving and scoring.
  • When she started to mouth off, appellant spontaneously slapped her backhand, hitting her nose with a ring he was wearing.
British Dictionary definitions for backhand

backhand

/ˈbækˌhænd/
noun
1.
(sport)
  1. a stroke made across the body with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  2. (as modifier) a backhand return
2.
the side on which backhand strokes are made
3.
handwriting slanting to the left
adverb
4.
with a backhand stroke
verb (transitive)
5.
(sport) to play (a shot) backhand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for backhand
backhand
as a tennis stroke, 1650s, from back (adj.) + hand. The fig. sense of "indirect" is from c.1800.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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