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(a.) Being at the back or in the rear; distant; remote; as, the back door; back settlements.
(a.) Being in arrear; overdue; as, back rent.
(a.) Moving or operating backward; as, back action.
(adv.) In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back.
(adv.) To the place from which one came; to the place or person from which something is taken or derived; as, to go back for something left behind; to go back to one's native place; to put a book back after reading it.
(adv.) To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism.
(adv.) (Of time) In times past; ago.
(adv.) Away from contact; by reverse movement.
(adv.) In concealment or reserve; in one's own possession; as, to keep back the truth; to keep back part of the money due to another.
(adv.) In a state of restraint or hindrance.
(adv.) In return, repayment, or requital.
(adv.) In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back0 the offensive words.
(adv.) In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent.
(n.) A large shallow vat; a cistern, tub, or trough, used by brewers, distillers, dyers, picklers, gluemakers, and others, for mixing or cooling wort, holding water, hot glue, etc.
(n.) A ferryboat. See Bac, 1.
(n.) In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end of the spine; in other animals, that part of the body which corresponds most nearly to such part of a human being; as, the back of a horse, fish, or lobster.
(n.) An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
(n.) The outward or upper part of a thing, as opposed to the inner or lower part; as, the back of the hand, the back of the foot, the back of a hand rail.
(n.) The part opposed to the front; the hinder or rear part of a thing; as, the back of a book; the back of an army; the back of a chimney.
(n.) The part opposite to, or most remote from, that which fronts the speaker or actor; or the part out of sight, or not generally seen; as, the back of an island, of a hill, or of a village.
(n.) The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
(n.) A support or resource in reserve.
(n.) The keel and keelson of a ship.
(n.) The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a horizontal underground passage.
(n.) A garment for the back; hence, clothing.
(v. i.) To get upon the back of; to mount.
(v. i.) To place or seat upon the back.
(v. i.) To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
(v. i.) To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
(v. i.) To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
(v. i.) To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
(v. i.) To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend.
(v. i.) To bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse.
(v. i.) To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
(v. i.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; -- used of the wind.
(v. i.) To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; -- said of a dog.


(v. i.) To ease the body by stool; to go to stool.


(a.) Hackneyed; hired; mercenary.
(n.) A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc.
(n.) Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying.
(n.) A notch; a cut.
(n.) An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone.
(n.) A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
(n.) A kick on the shins.
(n.) A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.
(n.) A coach or carriage let for hire; particularly, a a coach with two seats inside facing each other; a hackney coach.
(n.) A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
(n.) A procuress.
(v. i.) To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough.
(v. i.) To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
(v. i.) To live the life of a drudge or hack.
(v. t.) To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post.
(v. t.) Fig.: To mangle in speaking.
(v. t.) To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
(v. t.) To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.


(n.) A large tree, the Artocarpus integrifolia, common in the East Indies, closely allied to the breadfruit, from which it differs in having its leaves entire. The fruit is of great size, weighing from thirty to forty pounds, and through its soft fibrous matter are scattered the seeds, which are roasted and eaten. The wood is of a yellow color, fine grain, and rather heavy, and is much used in cabinetwork. It is also used for dyeing a brilliant yellow.
(n.) A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John.
(n.) An impertinent or silly fellow; a simpleton; a boor; a clown; also, a servant; a rustic.
(n.) A popular colloquial name for a sailor; -- called also Jack tar, and Jack afloat.
(n.) A mechanical contrivance, an auxiliary machine, or a subordinate part of a machine, rendering convenient service, and often supplying the place of a boy or attendant who was commonly called Jack
(n.) A device to pull off boots.
(n.) A sawhorse or sawbuck.
(n.) A machine or contrivance for turning a spit; a smoke jack, or kitchen jack.
(n.) A wooden wedge for separating rocks rent by blasting.
(n.) A lever for depressing the sinkers which push the loops down on the needles.
(n.) A grating to separate and guide the threads; a heck box.
(n.) A machine for twisting the sliver as it leaves the carding machine.
(n.) A compact, portable machine for planing metal.
(n.) A machine for slicking or pebbling leather.
(n.) A system of gearing driven by a horse power, for multiplying speed.
(n.) A hood or other device placed over a chimney or vent pipe, to prevent a back draught.
(n.) In the harpsichord, an intermediate piece communicating the action of the key to the quill; -- called also hopper.
(n.) In hunting, the pan or frame holding the fuel of the torch used to attract game at night; also, the light itself.
(n.) A portable machine variously constructed, for exerting great pressure, or lifting or moving a heavy body through a small distance. It consists of a lever, screw, rack and pinion, hydraulic press, or any simple combination of mechanical powers, working in a compact pedestal or support and operated by a lever, crank, capstan bar, etc. The name is often given to a jackscrew, which is a kind of jack.
(n.) The small bowl used as a mark in the game of bowls.
(n.) The male of certain animals, as of the ass.
(n.) A young pike; a pickerel.
(n.) The jurel.
(n.) A large, California rock fish (Sebastodes paucispinus); -- called also boccaccio, and merou.
(n.) The wall-eyed pike.
(n.) A drinking measure holding half a pint; also, one holding a quarter of a pint.
(n.) A flag, containing only the union, without the fly, usually hoisted on a jack staff at the bowsprit cap; -- called also union jack. The American jack is a small blue flag, with a star for each State.
(n.) A bar of iron athwart ships at a topgallant masthead, to support a royal mast, and give spread to the royal shrouds; -- called also jack crosstree.
(n.) The knave of a suit of playing cards.
(n.) A coarse and cheap mediaeval coat of defense, esp. one made of leather.
(n.) A pitcher or can of waxed leather; -- called also black jack.
(v. i.) To hunt game at night by means of a jack. See 2d Jack, n., 4, n.
(v. t.) To move or lift, as a house, by means of a jack or jacks. See 2d Jack, n., 5.


(interj.) Exclamation of regret or surprise.
(n.) Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.
(n.) Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.
(v. i.) To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.
(v. i.) To be in want.
(v. t.) To blame; to find fault with.
(v. t.) To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.


A waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric


(n.) A pact.
(n.) A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a bundle to be carried on the back; a load for an animal; a bale, as of goods.
(n.) A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.
(n.) A number or quantity of connected or similar things
(n.) A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack.
(n.) A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
(n.) A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or knaves.
(n.) A shook of cask staves.
(n.) A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
(n.) A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
(n.) An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
(n.) A loose, lewd, or worthless person. See Baggage.
(n.) To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close order or narrow compass; as to pack goods in a box; to pack fish.
(n.) To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into; as, to pack a trunk; the play, or the audience, packs the theater.
(n.) To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
(n.) Hence: To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; as, to pack a jury or a causes.
(n.) To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
(n.) To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse.
(n.) To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; -- sometimes with off; as, to pack a boy off to school.
(n.) To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts).
(n.) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings. See Pack, n., 5.
(n.) To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or steam; as, to pack a joint; to pack the piston of a steam engine.
(v. i.) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
(v. i.) To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass; as, the goods pack conveniently; wet snow packs well.
(v. i.) To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack.
(v. i.) To depart in haste; -- generally with off or away.
(v. i.) To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.


(a.) An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something.
(a.) An engine of torture, consisting of a large frame, upon which the body was gradually stretched until, sometimes, the joints were dislocated; -- formerly used judicially for extorting confessions from criminals or suspected persons.
(a.) An instrument for bending a bow.
(a.) A grate on which bacon is laid.
(a.) A frame or device of various construction for holding, and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc., supplied to beasts.
(a.) A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle rack, etc.
(a.) A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; -- called also rack block. Also, a frame to hold shot.
(a.) A frame or table on which ores are separated or washed.
(a.) A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads.
(a.) A distaff.
(a.) A bar with teeth on its face, or edge, to work with those of a wheel, pinion, or worm, which is to drive it or be driven by it.
(a.) That which is extorted; exaction.
(n.) Same as Arrack.
(n.) The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.
(n.) A wreck; destruction.
(n.) Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky.
(n.) A fast amble.
(v.) To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; -- said of a horse.
(v. i.) To fly, as vapor or broken clouds.
(v. t.) To draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine.
(v. t.) To extend by the application of force; to stretch or strain; specifically, to stretch on the rack or wheel; to torture by an engine which strains the limbs and pulls the joints.
(v. t.) To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish.
(v. t.) To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion.
(v. t.) To wash on a rack, as metals or ore.
(v. t.) To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.


(n.) A name formerly given to various dry Spanish wines.
(n.) A bag for holding and carrying goods of any kind; a receptacle made of some kind of pliable material, as cloth, leather, and the like; a large pouch.
(n.) A measure of varying capacity, according to local usage and the substance. The American sack of salt is 215 pounds; the sack of wheat, two bushels.
(n.) Originally, a loosely hanging garment for women, worn like a cloak about the shoulders, and serving as a decorative appendage to the gown; now, an outer garment with sleeves, worn by women; as, a dressing sack.
(n.) A sack coat; a kind of coat worn by men, and extending from top to bottom without a cross seam.
(n.) See 2d Sac, 2.
(n.) Bed.
(n.) The pillage or plunder, as of a town or city; the storm and plunder of a town; devastation; ravage.
(v. t.) To put in a sack; to bag; as, to sack corn.
(v. t.) To bear or carry in a sack upon the back or the shoulders.
(v. t.) To plunder or pillage, as a town or city; to devastate; to ravage.


(n.) A stain; a tache.
(n.) A peculiar flavor or taint; as, a musty tack.
(n.) A small, short, sharp-pointed nail, usually having a broad, flat head.
(n.) That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix. See Tack, v. t., 3.
(v. i.) To change the direction of a vessel by shifting the position of the helm and sails; also (as said of a vessel), to have her direction changed through the shifting of the helm and sails. See Tack, v. t., 4.
(v. t.) A rope used to hold in place the foremost lower corners of the courses when the vessel is closehauled (see Illust. of Ship); also, a rope employed to pull the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom.
(v. t.) The part of a sail to which the tack is usually fastened; the foremost lower corner of fore-and-aft sails, as of schooners (see Illust. of Sail).
(v. t.) The direction of a vessel in regard to the trim of her sails; as, the starboard tack, or port tack; -- the former when she is closehauled with the wind on her starboard side; hence, the run of a vessel on one tack; also, a change of direction.
(v. t.) A contract by which the use of a thing is set, or let, for hire; a lease.
(v. t.) Confidence; reliance.
(v. t.) To fasten or attach.
(v. t.) Especially, to attach or secure in a slight or hasty manner, as by stitching or nailing; as, to tack together the sheets of a book; to tack one piece of cloth to another; to tack on a board or shingle; to tack one piece of metal to another by drops of solder.
(v. t.) In parliamentary usage, to add (a supplement) to a bill; to append; -- often with on or to.
(v. t.) To change the direction of (a vessel) when sailing closehauled, by putting the helm alee and shifting the tacks and sails so that she will proceed to windward nearly at right angles to her former course.