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[bak-lawg, -log] /ˈbækˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
a reserve or accumulation, as of stock, work, or business:
a backlog of business orders.
a large log at the back of a hearth to keep up a fire.
Compare forestick.
verb (used with object), backlogged, backlogging.
to hold in reserve, as for future handling or repair.
to enter and acknowledge (an order) for future shipment.
verb (used without object), backlogged, backlogging.
to accumulate in a backlog:
Orders are starting to backlog faster than we can process them.
Origin of backlog
1675-85; back1 + log1
1. supply, stock, store, fund, cache, reservoir. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And this year's market is bursting with recession-related backlog.
  • For bulk carriers alone, the backlog is equivalent to more than two-thirds of existing capacity.
  • And a backlog of candidates clamouring for university places emerged.
  • There is thus a backlog of candidates clamouring for university places.
  • As conditions remain fragile, the backlog of public offerings has continued to grow.
  • Since spring, the data firm says, the lenders have been trying to clear their backlog.
  • As a result, the backlog of applications has become unmanageable.
  • Upon taking office, she began working to address the backlog in the order the requests were received.
British Dictionary definitions for backlog


an accumulation of uncompleted work, unsold stock, etc, to be dealt with
(mainly US & Canadian) a large log at the back of a fireplace
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Word Origin and History for backlog

1680s, "large log placed at the back of a fire," from back (adj.) + log (n.1). Figurative sense of "something stored up for later use" is first attested 1883, but this and the meaning "arrears of unfulfilled orders" (1932) might be from, or suggested by, log (n.2).

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