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backlog

[bak-lawg, -log] /ˈbækˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
noun
1.
a reserve or accumulation, as of stock, work, or business:
a backlog of business orders.
2.
a large log at the back of a hearth to keep up a fire.
Compare forestick.
verb (used with object), backlogged, backlogging.
3.
to hold in reserve, as for future handling or repair.
4.
to enter and acknowledge (an order) for future shipment.
verb (used without object), backlogged, backlogging.
5.
to accumulate in a backlog:
Orders are starting to backlog faster than we can process them.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; back1 + log
Synonyms
1. supply, stock, store, fund, cache, reservoir.
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British Dictionary definitions for backlogging

backlog

/ˈbækˌlɒɡ/
noun
1.
an accumulation of uncompleted work, unsold stock, etc, to be dealt with
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) a large log at the back of a fireplace
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Word Origin and History for backlogging
backlog
1680s, from back + log. Originally a large log placed at the back of a fire. Figurative sense is first attested 1883, via notion of "a reserve of something stored up."
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