having a back, backing, setting, or support (often used in combination): a low-backed sofa.
(of fabric) having an extra set of threads in either the warp or the weft to provide added warmth. Compare double cloth.
Photography. (of a film or plate) coated with a substance for absorbing light and thereby reducing halation.

1350–1400; Middle English; see back1, -ed3

half-backed, adjective
well-backed, adjective
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backed (bækt)
a.  having a back or backing
 b.  (in combination): high-backed; black-backed

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bæc "back, backwards, behind," from P.Gmc. *bakam (cf. O.S., M.Du. bak, O.Fris. bek), with no known connections outside Germanic. The cognates mostly have been ousted in this sense in other modern Gmc. languages by words akin to Modern English ridge (cf. Dan. ryg,
Ger. Rücken). Many I.E. languages show signs of once having distinguished the horizontal back of an animal (or a mountain range) from the upright back of a human. In other cases, a modern word for "back" may come from a word related to "spine" (It. schiena, Rus. spina) or "shoulder, shoulder blade" (Sp. espalda, Pol. plecy).

late 15c., "to move (something) back," from back (adj.); meaning "to support" (as by a bet) is first attested 1540s.

O.E. bæc "backwards, behind" (see back (n.)). Back-seat driver first attested 1926. The back of (one's) hand has been used to imply contempt and rejection since at least 1300; to know (something) like the back of one's hand, implying familiarity, is first attested 1943.
To be on the back burner in the figurative sense is from 1960, from the image of a cook keeping a pot there to simmer while he or she works on another concoction at the front of the stove. Back-to-nature (adj.) is first attested 1915.
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back (bāk)

  1. The posterior portion of the trunk of the human body between the neck and the pelvis; the dorsum.

  2. The backbone or spine.

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