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noun [C] (FURTHEST PART)    /bæk/
A2 the inside or outside part of an object, vehicle, building, etc. that is furthest from the front: He jotted her name down on the back of an envelope. I found my tennis racket at the back of the cupboard. We sat at the back of the bus. Our seats were right at the back of the hall. Ted was out/round the back (US out back) (= in the area behind the house)." There is a beautiful garden at the back of (US also in back of) (= behind) the house. If there's no reply at the front door, come round the back. He put his jacket on the back of his chair (= the part of the chair that you put your back against when you sit on it).Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objects back to back close together and facing in opposite directions: The office was full of computers, and we had to sit back to back in long rows.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happenSimultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence happening one after another, without interruption: Coming up after the break, three Rolling Stones classics back to back. → See also back-to-backCloseness in distance and timeAbout to happenSimultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence back to front C2 UK (US backwards) with the back part of something where the front should be: You've put your jumper on back to front.Backwards, sideways and back and forth the back of your hand the side of your hand that has hair growing on itThe hand back-to-backGrammar:BackBack is an adverb, noun, adjective or verb.See moreGrammar:Back as an adverb[taking a photograph]See moreGrammar:Back as a nounSee moreGrammar:Back as an adjectiveSee moreGrammar:Back as a verb[talking about a pet dog]See more
(Definition of back noun (FURTHEST PART) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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