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Top

top1 (top),USA pronunciation  n., adj., v.,  topped, top•ping. 

n. 
  1. the highest or loftiest point or part of anything;
    apex;
    summit.
  2. the uppermost or upper part, surface, etc., of anything.
  3. the higher end of anything on a slope.
  4. [Brit.]
    • a part considered as higher: the top of the street.
    • high gear of an automobile.
  5. tops, 
    • the part of a plant that grows above ground, esp. of an edible root.
    • one of the tender tips of the branches or shoots of plants.
  6. the part of anything that is first or foremost;
    beginning: Let's go over it from the top again.
  7. the highest or leading place, position, rank, etc.: at the top of the class.
  8. the highest point, pitch, or degree: to talk at the top of one's voice.
  9. a person or thing that occupies the highest or leading position.
  10. the best or choicest part: the top of all creation.
  11. a covering or lid, as of a container or vehicle.
  12. the head.
  13. any of various outer garments for the upper body, as a blouse, shirt, or sweater: a sale on cotton tops and shorts.
  14. [Naut.]a platform surrounding the head of a lower mast on a ship, and serving as a foothold, a means of extending the upper rigging, etc.
  15. [Chem.]the part of a mixture under distillation that volatilizes first.
  16. [Bridge.]
    • the best card of a suit in a player's hand.
    • (in duplicate bridge) the best score on a hand.
  17. [Sports.]
    • a stroke that hits the ball above its center.
    • the forward spin given to the ball by such a stroke.
  18. [Baseball.]
    • the first half of an inning.
    • the first three batters in the batting order.
  19. [Textiles.]
    • a cluster of textile fibers, esp. tow, put on a distaff.
    • a strand of the long wool fibers in sliver form, separated from noil by combing and wound into a large ball.
    • a similar strand of rayon.
  20. [Jewelry.]crown (def. 27).
  21. blow one's top, [Informal.]
    • to become enraged;
      lose one's temper.
    • to go mad;
      become insane: He must have blown his top to make such a fool of himself.
  22. off the top of one's head, [Informal.]See head (def. 56).
  23. on top, successful;
    victorious;
    dominant: to stay on top.
  24. on top of: 
    • over or upon.
    • in addition to;
      over and above.
    • close upon;
      following upon: Gale winds came on top of the floods.
    • in complete control: on top of the problem.
  25. on top of the world: 
    • successful.
    • elated: The success made her feel on top of the world.
  26. over the top: 
    • [Mil.]over the top of the parapet before a trench, as in issuing to charge against the enemy.
    • surpassing a goal, quota, or limit.
  27. the tops, [Informal.]the most outstanding person or thing in ability, favor, etc.: As a friend, she's the tops.

adj. 
  1. pertaining to, situated at, or forming the top;
    highest;
    uppermost;
    upper: the top shelf.
  2. highest in degree;
    greatest: to pay top prices.
  3. foremost, chief, or principal: to win top honors in a competition.

v.t. 
  1. to furnish with a top;
    put a top on.
  2. to be at or constitute the top of.
  3. to reach the top of.
  4. to rise above: The sun had topped the horizon.
  5. to exceed in height, amount, number, etc.
  6. to surpass, excel, or outdo: That tops everything.
  7. [Theat.](in spoken dialogue) to reply in a voice of greater volume or higher pitch: King Henry must top the crowd noises in his St. Crispin's Day speech.
  8. to surmount with something specified: to top a sundae with whipped cream.
  9. to remove the top of;
    crop;
    prune: to top a tall tree.
  10. to get or leap over the top of (a fence, barrier, etc.).
  11. [Chem.]to distill off only the most volatile part of (a mixture).
  12. [Sports.]
    • to strike (the ball) above its center, giving it a forward spin.
    • to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this manner.
  13. to top-dress (land).
  14. [Obs.]to have coitus with (a woman).

v.i. 
  1. to rise aloft.
  2. top off: 
    • to climax or complete, esp. in an exceptional manner;
      finish: They topped off the evening with a ferryboat ride at midnight.
    • to fill (a partly full container) completely: to top off a gas tank.
  3. top oneself, [Chiefly Brit.]to kill oneself.
  4. top out: 
    • to finish the top of (a structure).
    • to reach the highest level.

Plate

plate1  (plāt),USA pronunciation n., v.,  plat•ed, plat•ing. 
n. 
  1. a shallow, usually circular dish, often of earthenware or porcelain, from which food is eaten.
  2. the contents of such a dish;
    plateful.
  3. an entire course of a meal served on such a dish: I had the vegetable plate for lunch.
  4. the food and service for one person, as at a banquet, fund-raising dinner, or the like: The wedding breakfast cost $20 a plate.
  5. household dishes, utensils, etc., of metal plated with gold or silver.
  6. household dishes, utensils, etc., made of gold or silver.
  7. a dish, as of metal or wood, used for collecting offerings, as in a church.
  8. a thin, flat sheet or piece of metal or other material, esp. of uniform thickness.
  9. metal in such sheets.
  10. a flat, polished piece of metal on which something may be or is engraved.
  11. See  license plate. 
  12. a flat or curved sheet of metal, plastic, glass, or similar hard material, on which a picture or text has been engraved, etched, molded, photographically developed, or drawn, that is inked, as in a press, for printing impressions on other surfaces.
  13. a printed impression from such a piece or from some similar piece, as a woodcut.
  14. a full-page illustration in a book, esp. an insert on paper different from the text pages.
  15. a piece of armor made from a thin, flat piece or several such pieces of tough material, esp. wrought iron or steel.
  16. armor composed of thin, flat pieces;
    plate armor.
    • the part of a denture that conforms to the mouth and contains the teeth.
    • the entire denture.
  17. [Baseball.]
    • the plate. See  home plate. 
    • rubber1 (def. 14).
  18. See  plate glass. 
  19. a sheet of glass, metal, etc., coated with a sensitized emulsion, used for taking a photograph.
  20. a platelike part, structure, or organ.
  21. a thin piece or cut of beef from the lower end of the ribs. See diag. under  beef. 
  22. See  crustal plate. 
  23. one of the interior elements of a vacuum tube, toward which electrons are attracted by virtue of its positive charge;
    anode. Abbr.: P
  24. [Carpentry.]any of various horizontal timbers or boards laid flat across the heads of studding, upon floors, etc., to support joists, rafters, or studs at or near their ends.
  25. a gold or silver cup or the like awarded as the prize in a horse race or some other contest.
  26. a horse race or some other contest for such a prize.
  27. a rounded argent.
  28. have on one's plate, [Informal.]to have as an immediate task, obligation, or prospect: I had too much on my plate already to take on another task.

v.t. 
  1. to coat (metal) with a thin film of gold, silver, nickel, etc., by mechanical or chemical means.
  2. to cover or overlay with metal plates for protection.
    • to forge (a bloom or the like) into a broad piece.
    • to hammer (cutlery) gently to produce an even surface.
  3. to make a stereotype or electrotype plate from (type).
  4. [Papermaking.]to give a high gloss to (paper), as on supercalendered paper.
plateless, adj. 
platelike′, adj. 

To

to (to̅o̅; unstressed tŏŏ, tə),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from): They came to the house.
  2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of;
    toward: from north to south.
  3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.
  4. (used for expressing contact or contiguity) on;
    against;
    beside;
    upon: a right uppercut to the jaw; Apply varnish to the surface.
  5. (used for expressing a point of limit in time) before;
    until: to this day; It is ten minutes to six. We work from nine to five.
  6. (used for expressing aim, purpose, or intention): going to the rescue.
  7. (used for expressing destination or appointed end): sentenced to jail.
  8. (used for expressing agency, result, or consequence): to my dismay; The flowers opened to the sun.
  9. (used for expressing a resulting state or condition): He tore it to pieces.
  10. (used for expressing the object of inclination or desire): They drank to her health.
  11. (used for expressing the object of a right or claim): claimants to an estate.
  12. (used for expressing limit in degree, condition, or amount): wet to the skin; goods amounting to $1000; Tomorrow's high will be 75 to 80°.
  13. (used for expressing addition or accompaniment) with: He added insult to injury. They danced to the music. Where is the top to this box?
  14. (used for expressing attachment or adherence): She held to her opinion.
  15. (used for expressing comparison or opposition): inferior to last year's crop; The score is eight to seven.
  16. (used for expressing agreement or accordance) according to;
    by: a position to one's liking; to the best of my knowledge.
  17. (used for expressing reference, reaction, or relation): What will he say to this?
  18. (used for expressing a relative position): parallel to the roof.
  19. (used for expressing a proportion of number or quantity) in;
    making up: 12 to the dozen; 20 miles to the gallon.
  20. (used for indicating the indirect object of a verb, for connecting a verb with its complement, or for indicating or limiting the application of an adjective, noun, or pronoun): Give it to me. I refer to your work.
  21. (used as the ordinary sign or accompaniment of the infinitive, as in expressing motion, direction, or purpose, in ordinary uses with a substantive object.)
  22. raised to the power indicated: Three to the fourth is 81( 34 = 81).

adv. 
  1. toward a point, person, place, or thing, implied or understood.
  2. toward a contact point or closed position: Pull the door to.
  3. toward a matter, action, or work: We turned to with a will.
  4. into a state of consciousness;
    out of unconsciousness: after he came to.
  5. to and fro. See  fro (def. 2).

Do

do1  (do̅o̅;[unstressed]dŏŏ, də),USA pronunciation v.  and auxiliary v., pres. sing. 1st pers.  do, 2nd  do  or ([Archaic])  do•est  or  dost, 3rd  does  or ([Archaic])  do•eth  or  doth, pres. pl.  do*  past sing. 1st pers.  did, 2nd  did  or ([Archaic])  didst, 3rd  did, past pl.  did;
 past part.  done;
 pres. part.  do•ing;
 n., pl.  dos, do's. 
v.t. 
  1. to perform (an act, duty, role, etc.): Do nothing until you hear the bell.
  2. to execute (a piece or amount of work): to do a hauling job.
  3. to accomplish;
    finish;
    complete: He has already done his homework.
  4. to put forth;
    exert: Do your best.
  5. to be the cause of (good, harm, credit, etc.);
    bring about;
    effect.
  6. to render, give, or pay (homage, justice, etc.).
  7. to deal with, fix, clean, arrange, move, etc., (anything) as the case may require: to do the dishes.
  8. to travel;
    traverse: We did 30 miles today.
  9. to serve;
    suffice for: This will do us for the present.
  10. to condone or approve, as by custom or practice: That sort of thing simply isn't done.
  11. to travel at the rate of (a specified speed): He was doing 80 when they arrested him.
  12. to make or prepare: I'll do the salad.
  13. to serve (a term of time) in prison, or, sometimes, in office.
  14. to create, form, or bring into being: She does wonderful oil portraits.
  15. to translate into or change the form or language of: MGM did the book into a movie.
  16. to study or work at or in the field of: I have to do my math tonight.
  17. to explore or travel through as a sightseer: They did Greece in three weeks.
  18. (used with a pronoun, as it or that, or with a general noun, as thing, that refers to a previously mentioned action): You were supposed to write thank-you letters; do it before tomorrow, please.
  19. to wear out;
    exhaust;
    tire: That last set of tennis did me.
  20. to cheat, trick, or take advantage of: That crooked dealer did him for $500 at poker.
  21. to attend or participate in: Let's do lunch next week.
  22. to use (a drug or drugs), esp. habitually: The police report said he was doing cocaine.

v.i. 
  1. to act or conduct oneself;
    be in action;
    behave.
  2. to rob;
    steal from: The law got him for doing a lot of banks.
  3. to proceed: to do wisely.
  4. to get along;
    fare;
    manage: to do without an automobile.
  5. to be in health, as specified: Mother and child are doing fine.
  6. to serve or be satisfactory, as for the purpose;
    be enough;
    suffice: Will this do?
  7. to finish or be finished.
  8. to happen;
    take place;
    transpire: What's doing at the office?
  9. (used as a substitute to avoid repetition of a verb or full verb expression): I think as you do.

auxiliary verb. 
  1. (used in interrogative, negative, and inverted constructions): Do you like music? I don't care. Seldom do we witness such catastrophes.
  2. [Archaic.](used in imperatives with you or thou expressed;
    and occasionally as a metric filler in verse): Do thou hasten to the king's side. The wind did blow, the rain did fall.
  3. (used to lend emphasis to a principal verb): Do visit us!
  4. do a number on (someone). See  number (def. 27).
  5. do away with: 
    • to put an end to;
      abolish.
    • to kill.
  6. do by, to deal with;
    treat: He had always done well by his family.
  7. do for: 
    • to cause the defeat, ruin, or death of.
    • [Chiefly Brit.]to cook and keep house for;
      manage or provide for.
  8. do in, [Informal.]
    • to kill, esp. to murder.
    • to injure gravely or exhaust;
      wear out;
      ruin: The tropical climate did them in.
    • to cheat or swindle: He was done in by an unscrupulous broker.
  9. do one proud. See  proud (def. 11).
  10. do one's number. See  number (def. 28).
  11. do one's (own ) thing. See  thing 1 (def. 17).
  12. do or die, to make a supreme effort.
  13. do out of, [Informal.]to swindle;
    cheat: A furniture store did me out of several hundred dollars.
  14. do over, to redecorate.
  15. do time, [Informal.]to serve a term in prison: It's hard to get a decent job once you've done time.
  16. do to death. See  death (def. 15).
  17. do up, [Informal.]
    • to wrap and tie up.
    • to pin up or arrange (the hair).
    • to renovate;
      launder;
      clean.
    • to wear out;
      tire.
    • to fasten: Do up your coat.
    • to dress: The children were all done up in funny costumes.
  18. do with, to gain advantage or benefit from;
    make use of: I could do with more leisure time.
  19. do without: 
    • to forgo;
      dispense with.
    • to dispense with the thing mentioned: The store doesn't have any, so you'll have to do without.
  20. have to do with. See  have (def. 36).
  21. make do, to get along with what is at hand, despite its inadequacy: I can't afford a new coat so I have to make do with this one.

n. 
  1. a burst of frenzied activity;
    action;
    commotion.
  2. a hairdo or hair styling.
  3. a swindle;
    hoax.
  4. [Chiefly Brit.]a festive social gathering;
    party.
  5. dos and don'ts, customs, rules, or regulations: The dos and don'ts of polite manners are easy to learn.

The

the1  (stressed ᵺē; unstressed before a consonant ᵺə;
unstressed before a vowel ᵺē),USA pronunciation
 definite article. 
  1. (used, esp. before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an): the book you gave me; Come into the house.
  2. (used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):the sun;
    the Alps;
    theQueen Elizabeth;
    the past; the West.
  3. (used with or as part of a title): the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
  4. (used to mark a noun as indicating the best-known, most approved, most important, most satisfying, etc.): the skiing center of the U.S.; If you're going to work hard, now is the time.
  5. (used to mark a noun as being used generically): The dog is a quadruped.
  6. (used in place of a possessive pronoun, to note a part of the body or a personal belonging): He won't be able to play football until the leg mends.
  7. (used before adjectives that are used substantively, to note an individual, a class or number of individuals, or an abstract idea): to visit the sick; from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  8. (used before a modifying adjective to specify or limit its modifying effect): He took the wrong road and drove miles out of his way.
  9. (used to indicate one particular decade of a lifetime or of a century): the sixties; the gay nineties.
  10. (one of many of a class or type, as of a manufactured item, as opposed to an individual one): Did you listen to the radio last night?
  11. enough: He saved until he had the money for a new car. She didn't have the courage to leave.
  12. (used distributively, to note any one separately) for, to, or in each;
    a or an: at one dollar the pound.

Top

top1 (top),USA pronunciation  n., adj., v.,  topped, top•ping. 

n. 
  1. the highest or loftiest point or part of anything;
    apex;
    summit.
  2. the uppermost or upper part, surface, etc., of anything.
  3. the higher end of anything on a slope.
  4. [Brit.]
    • a part considered as higher: the top of the street.
    • high gear of an automobile.
  5. tops, 
    • the part of a plant that grows above ground, esp. of an edible root.
    • one of the tender tips of the branches or shoots of plants.
  6. the part of anything that is first or foremost;
    beginning: Let's go over it from the top again.
  7. the highest or leading place, position, rank, etc.: at the top of the class.
  8. the highest point, pitch, or degree: to talk at the top of one's voice.
  9. a person or thing that occupies the highest or leading position.
  10. the best or choicest part: the top of all creation.
  11. a covering or lid, as of a container or vehicle.
  12. the head.
  13. any of various outer garments for the upper body, as a blouse, shirt, or sweater: a sale on cotton tops and shorts.
  14. [Naut.]a platform surrounding the head of a lower mast on a ship, and serving as a foothold, a means of extending the upper rigging, etc.
  15. [Chem.]the part of a mixture under distillation that volatilizes first.
  16. [Bridge.]
    • the best card of a suit in a player's hand.
    • (in duplicate bridge) the best score on a hand.
  17. [Sports.]
    • a stroke that hits the ball above its center.
    • the forward spin given to the ball by such a stroke.
  18. [Baseball.]
    • the first half of an inning.
    • the first three batters in the batting order.
  19. [Textiles.]
    • a cluster of textile fibers, esp. tow, put on a distaff.
    • a strand of the long wool fibers in sliver form, separated from noil by combing and wound into a large ball.
    • a similar strand of rayon.
  20. [Jewelry.]crown (def. 27).
  21. blow one's top, [Informal.]
    • to become enraged;
      lose one's temper.
    • to go mad;
      become insane: He must have blown his top to make such a fool of himself.
  22. off the top of one's head, [Informal.]See head (def. 56).
  23. on top, successful;
    victorious;
    dominant: to stay on top.
  24. on top of: 
    • over or upon.
    • in addition to;
      over and above.
    • close upon;
      following upon: Gale winds came on top of the floods.
    • in complete control: on top of the problem.
  25. on top of the world: 
    • successful.
    • elated: The success made her feel on top of the world.
  26. over the top: 
    • [Mil.]over the top of the parapet before a trench, as in issuing to charge against the enemy.
    • surpassing a goal, quota, or limit.
  27. the tops, [Informal.]the most outstanding person or thing in ability, favor, etc.: As a friend, she's the tops.

adj. 
  1. pertaining to, situated at, or forming the top;
    highest;
    uppermost;
    upper: the top shelf.
  2. highest in degree;
    greatest: to pay top prices.
  3. foremost, chief, or principal: to win top honors in a competition.

v.t. 
  1. to furnish with a top;
    put a top on.
  2. to be at or constitute the top of.
  3. to reach the top of.
  4. to rise above: The sun had topped the horizon.
  5. to exceed in height, amount, number, etc.
  6. to surpass, excel, or outdo: That tops everything.
  7. [Theat.](in spoken dialogue) to reply in a voice of greater volume or higher pitch: King Henry must top the crowd noises in his St. Crispin's Day speech.
  8. to surmount with something specified: to top a sundae with whipped cream.
  9. to remove the top of;
    crop;
    prune: to top a tall tree.
  10. to get or leap over the top of (a fence, barrier, etc.).
  11. [Chem.]to distill off only the most volatile part of (a mixture).
  12. [Sports.]
    • to strike (the ball) above its center, giving it a forward spin.
    • to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this manner.
  13. to top-dress (land).
  14. [Obs.]to have coitus with (a woman).

v.i. 
  1. to rise aloft.
  2. top off: 
    • to climax or complete, esp. in an exceptional manner;
      finish: They topped off the evening with a ferryboat ride at midnight.
    • to fill (a partly full container) completely: to top off a gas tank.
  3. top oneself, [Chiefly Brit.]to kill oneself.
  4. top out: 
    • to finish the top of (a structure).
    • to reach the highest level.

Plate

plate1  (plāt),USA pronunciation n., v.,  plat•ed, plat•ing. 
n. 
  1. a shallow, usually circular dish, often of earthenware or porcelain, from which food is eaten.
  2. the contents of such a dish;
    plateful.
  3. an entire course of a meal served on such a dish: I had the vegetable plate for lunch.
  4. the food and service for one person, as at a banquet, fund-raising dinner, or the like: The wedding breakfast cost $20 a plate.
  5. household dishes, utensils, etc., of metal plated with gold or silver.
  6. household dishes, utensils, etc., made of gold or silver.
  7. a dish, as of metal or wood, used for collecting offerings, as in a church.
  8. a thin, flat sheet or piece of metal or other material, esp. of uniform thickness.
  9. metal in such sheets.
  10. a flat, polished piece of metal on which something may be or is engraved.
  11. See  license plate. 
  12. a flat or curved sheet of metal, plastic, glass, or similar hard material, on which a picture or text has been engraved, etched, molded, photographically developed, or drawn, that is inked, as in a press, for printing impressions on other surfaces.
  13. a printed impression from such a piece or from some similar piece, as a woodcut.
  14. a full-page illustration in a book, esp. an insert on paper different from the text pages.
  15. a piece of armor made from a thin, flat piece or several such pieces of tough material, esp. wrought iron or steel.
  16. armor composed of thin, flat pieces;
    plate armor.
    • the part of a denture that conforms to the mouth and contains the teeth.
    • the entire denture.
  17. [Baseball.]
    • the plate. See  home plate. 
    • rubber1 (def. 14).
  18. See  plate glass. 
  19. a sheet of glass, metal, etc., coated with a sensitized emulsion, used for taking a photograph.
  20. a platelike part, structure, or organ.
  21. a thin piece or cut of beef from the lower end of the ribs. See diag. under  beef. 
  22. See  crustal plate. 
  23. one of the interior elements of a vacuum tube, toward which electrons are attracted by virtue of its positive charge;
    anode. Abbr.: P
  24. [Carpentry.]any of various horizontal timbers or boards laid flat across the heads of studding, upon floors, etc., to support joists, rafters, or studs at or near their ends.
  25. a gold or silver cup or the like awarded as the prize in a horse race or some other contest.
  26. a horse race or some other contest for such a prize.
  27. a rounded argent.
  28. have on one's plate, [Informal.]to have as an immediate task, obligation, or prospect: I had too much on my plate already to take on another task.

v.t. 
  1. to coat (metal) with a thin film of gold, silver, nickel, etc., by mechanical or chemical means.
  2. to cover or overlay with metal plates for protection.
    • to forge (a bloom or the like) into a broad piece.
    • to hammer (cutlery) gently to produce an even surface.
  3. to make a stereotype or electrotype plate from (type).
  4. [Papermaking.]to give a high gloss to (paper), as on supercalendered paper.
plateless, adj. 
platelike′, adj. 

To

to (to̅o̅; unstressed tŏŏ, tə),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from): They came to the house.
  2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of;
    toward: from north to south.
  3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.
  4. (used for expressing contact or contiguity) on;
    against;
    beside;
    upon: a right uppercut to the jaw; Apply varnish to the surface.
  5. (used for expressing a point of limit in time) before;
    until: to this day; It is ten minutes to six. We work from nine to five.
  6. (used for expressing aim, purpose, or intention): going to the rescue.
  7. (used for expressing destination or appointed end): sentenced to jail.
  8. (used for expressing agency, result, or consequence): to my dismay; The flowers opened to the sun.
  9. (used for expressing a resulting state or condition): He tore it to pieces.
  10. (used for expressing the object of inclination or desire): They drank to her health.
  11. (used for expressing the object of a right or claim): claimants to an estate.
  12. (used for expressing limit in degree, condition, or amount): wet to the skin; goods amounting to $1000; Tomorrow's high will be 75 to 80°.
  13. (used for expressing addition or accompaniment) with: He added insult to injury. They danced to the music. Where is the top to this box?
  14. (used for expressing attachment or adherence): She held to her opinion.
  15. (used for expressing comparison or opposition): inferior to last year's crop; The score is eight to seven.
  16. (used for expressing agreement or accordance) according to;
    by: a position to one's liking; to the best of my knowledge.
  17. (used for expressing reference, reaction, or relation): What will he say to this?
  18. (used for expressing a relative position): parallel to the roof.
  19. (used for expressing a proportion of number or quantity) in;
    making up: 12 to the dozen; 20 miles to the gallon.
  20. (used for indicating the indirect object of a verb, for connecting a verb with its complement, or for indicating or limiting the application of an adjective, noun, or pronoun): Give it to me. I refer to your work.
  21. (used as the ordinary sign or accompaniment of the infinitive, as in expressing motion, direction, or purpose, in ordinary uses with a substantive object.)
  22. raised to the power indicated: Three to the fourth is 81( 34 = 81).

adv. 
  1. toward a point, person, place, or thing, implied or understood.
  2. toward a contact point or closed position: Pull the door to.
  3. toward a matter, action, or work: We turned to with a will.
  4. into a state of consciousness;
    out of unconsciousness: after he came to.
  5. to and fro. See  fro (def. 2).

The

the1  (stressed ᵺē; unstressed before a consonant ᵺə;
unstressed before a vowel ᵺē),USA pronunciation
 definite article. 
  1. (used, esp. before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an): the book you gave me; Come into the house.
  2. (used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):the sun;
    the Alps;
    theQueen Elizabeth;
    the past; the West.
  3. (used with or as part of a title): the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
  4. (used to mark a noun as indicating the best-known, most approved, most important, most satisfying, etc.): the skiing center of the U.S.; If you're going to work hard, now is the time.
  5. (used to mark a noun as being used generically): The dog is a quadruped.
  6. (used in place of a possessive pronoun, to note a part of the body or a personal belonging): He won't be able to play football until the leg mends.
  7. (used before adjectives that are used substantively, to note an individual, a class or number of individuals, or an abstract idea): to visit the sick; from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  8. (used before a modifying adjective to specify or limit its modifying effect): He took the wrong road and drove miles out of his way.
  9. (used to indicate one particular decade of a lifetime or of a century): the sixties; the gay nineties.
  10. (one of many of a class or type, as of a manufactured item, as opposed to an individual one): Did you listen to the radio last night?
  11. enough: He saved until he had the money for a new car. She didn't have the courage to leave.
  12. (used distributively, to note any one separately) for, to, or in each;
    a or an: at one dollar the pound.

Back

back1  (bak),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine.
  2. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back.
  3. the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of the head.
  4. the whole body, with reference to clothing: the clothes on his back.
  5. ability for labor;
    effort;
    endurance: He put his back into the task.
  6. the part opposite to or farthest from the front;
    the rear part: the back of a hall.
  7. the part that forms the rear of any object or structure: the back of a chair.
  8. the part that covers the back: the back of a jacket.
  9. the spine or backbone: The fall broke his back.
  10. any rear part of an object serving to support, protect, etc.: the back of a binder.
  11. the forward side of a propeller blade (opposed to face).
  12. [Aeron.]the top part or upper surface of an aircraft, esp. of its fuselage.
  13. [Bookbinding.]the edge of a book formed where its sections are bound together.
  14. the backs, grounds along the River Cam in back of certain colleges at Cambridge University in England: noted for their great beauty.
  15. extrados.
  16. [Carpentry.]
    • the upper side of a joist, rafter, handrail, etc.
    • the area of interior wall between a window stool and the floor.
  17. the roof of a stope or drift.
    • a player whose regular position is behind that of players who make initial contact with the opposing team, as behind the forward line in football or nearest the player's own goal in polo.
    • the position occupied by this player.
  18. be flat on one's back: 
    • to be helpless or beaten: He's flat on his back after a long succession of failures.
    • to be confined to one's bed because of illness.
  19. behind one's back, in one's absence;
    without one's knowledge;
    treacherously;
    secretly: I'd rather talk to him about it directly than discuss it behind his back.
  20. break someone's back, to cause a person to fail, esp. to cause to become bankrupt: His family's extravagance is breaking his back.
  21. break the back of: 
    • to complete the principal or hardest part of (a project, one's work, etc.): He finally broke the back of the problem.
    • to overcome;
      defeat: They broke the back of our union.
  22. get off one's back, [Informal.]to cease to find fault with or to disturb someone: The fight started when they wouldn't get off my back.
  23. get one's back up, to become annoyed;
    take offense: She gets her back up whenever someone mentions her family's influence.
  24. have one's back to the wall, to be in a difficult or hopeless situation.
  25. in back of, behind: He hid in back of the billboard. What could be in back of his strange behavior?Also,  back of. 
  26. on one's back, finding fault with or disturbing someone: The boss is always on my back about promptness.
  27. pat on the back. See  pat 1 (defs. 6, 10).
  28. stab in the back. See  stab (def. 13).
  29. turn one's back on: 
    • to forsake or neglect: He was unable to turn his back on any suffering creature.
    • to leave behind, as in anger.

v.t. 
  1. to support, as with authority, influence, help, or money (often fol. by up): to back a candidate; to back up a theory with facts.
  2. to bet on: to back a horse in the race.
  3. to cause to move backward (often fol. by up): to back a car.
  4. to furnish with a back: to back a book.
  5. to lie at the back of;
    form a back or background for: a beach backed by hills.
  6. to provide with an accompaniment: a singer backed by piano and bass.
  7. to get upon the back of;
    mount.
  8. to write or print on the back of;
    endorse;
    countersign.
  9. [Carpentry.]to attach strips of wood to the upper edge of (a joist or rafter) to bring it to a desired level.
    • to alter the position of (a sail) so that the wind will strike the forward face.
    • to brace (yards) in backing a sail.
    • to reinforce the hold of (an anchor) by means of a smaller one attached to it and dropped farther away.

v.i. 
  1. to go or move backward (often fol. by up).
  2. (of wind) to change direction counterclockwise (opposed to veer).
  3. back and fill: 
    • [Naut.]to trim the sails of a boat so that the wind strikes them first on the forward and then on the after side.
    • to change one's opinion or position;
      vacillate.
  4. back and forth, [South Midland U.S.]
    • to go back and forth, as in running errands or visiting: He spent the day backing and forthing to the post office.
    • to work in an aimless or ineffective way;
      expend effort with little result.
  5. back away, to retreat;
    withdraw: They gradually began to back away from their earlier opinion.
  6. back down, to abandon an argument, opinion, or claim;
    withdraw;
    retreat: He backed down as soon as a member of the audience challenged his assertion.
  7. back off: 
    • to back down: Now that the time for action had arrived, it was too late to back off.
    • to reverse (the spindle) in mule spinning prior to winding on the newly spun length of yarn.
  8. back out or  out of, to fail to keep an engagement or promise;
    withdraw from;
    abandon: Two entrants have backed out of competing in the marathon. You can't back out now.
  9. back up: 
    • to bring (a stream of traffic) to a standstill: A stalled car backed up traffic for miles.
    • [Printing.]to print a sheet again on its other side.
    • [Printing.]to fill in (the thin copper shell of an electrotype) with metal in order to strengthen it.
    • to move backward: Back up into the garage.
    • to reinforce: We backed up the cardboard with slats so it wouldn't fall down.
    • to support or confirm: He backed up my story and they let us go.
    • to duplicate (a file or a program) as a precaution against failure.
  10. back up for, [Australian Informal.]to return for more of, as another helping of food.
  11. back water: 
    • [Naut.]to reverse the direction of a vessel.
    • to retreat from a position;
      withdraw an opinion: I predict that the council will back water on the tax issue.

adj. 
  1. situated at or in the rear: at the back door; back fence.
  2. far away or removed from the front or main area, position, or rank;
    remote: back settlements.
  3. belonging to the past: back files; back issues.
  4. in arrears;
    overdue: back pay.
  5. coming or going back;
    moving backward: back current.
  6. [Navig.]reciprocal (def. 7).
  7. (of a speech sound) produced with the tongue articulating in the back part of the mouth, as in either of the sounds of go.
backless, adj. 

Wall

wall (wôl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc.
  2. Usually,  walls. a rampart raised for defensive purposes.
  3. an immaterial or intangible barrier, obstruction, etc., suggesting a wall: a wall of prejudice.
  4. a wall-like, enclosing part, thing, mass, etc.: a wall of fire; a wall of troops.
  5. an embankment to prevent flooding, as a levee or sea wall.
  6. the Wall. See  Berlin Wall. 
  7. the outermost film or layer of structural material protecting, surrounding, and defining the physical limits of an object: the wall of a blood cell.
    • the side of a level or drift.
    • the overhanging or underlying side of a vein;
      a hanging wall or footwall.
  8. climb the walls or  climb walls, to become tense or frantic: climbing the walls with boredom.
  9. drive or  push to the wall, to force into a desperate situation;
    humiliate or ruin completely: Not content with merely winning the match, they used every opportunity to push the inferior team to the wall.
  10. go over the wall, to break out of prison: Roadblocks have been set up in an effort to capture several convicts who went over the wall.
  11. go to the wall: 
    • to be defeated in a conflict or competition;
      yield.
    • to fail in business, esp. to become bankrupt.
    • to be put aside or forgotten.
    • to take an extreme and determined position or measure: I'd go to the wall to stop him from resigning.
  12. hit the wall, (of long-distance runners) to reach a point in a race, usually after 20 miles, when the body's fuels are virtually depleted and willpower becomes crucial to be able to finish.
  13. off the wall: 
    • beyond the realm of acceptability or reasonableness: The figure you quoted for doing the work is off the wall.
    • markedly out of the ordinary;
      eccentric;
      bizarre: Some of the clothes in the fashion show were too off the wall for the average customer.
  14. up against the wall: 
    • placed against a wall to be executed by a firing squad.
    • in a crucial or critical position, esp. one in which defeat or failure seems imminent: Unless sales improve next month, the company will be up against the wall.
  15. up the wall, into an acutely frantic, frustrated, or irritated state: The constant tension in the office is driving everyone up the wall.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to a wall: wall space.
  2. growing against or on a wall: wall plants; wall cress.
  3. situated, placed, or installed in or on a wall: wall oven; a wall safe.

v.t. 
  1. to enclose, shut off, divide, protect, border, etc., with or as if with a wall (often fol. by in or off): to wall the yard; to wall in the play area; He is walled in by lack of opportunity.
  2. to seal or fill (a doorway or other opening) with a wall: to wall an unused entrance.
  3. to seal or entomb (something or someone) within a wall (usually fol. by up): The workmen had walled up the cat quite by mistake.
wall-less, adj. 
wall-like′, adj. 

All

all (ôl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year.
  2. the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively): all students.
  3. the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree): with all due respect; with all speed.
  4. every: all kinds; all sorts.
  5. any;
    any whatever: beyond all doubt.
  6. nothing but;
    only: The coat is all wool.
  7. dominated by or as if by the conspicuous possession or use of a particular feature: The colt was all legs. They were all ears, listening attentively to everything she said.
  8. [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]all gone;
    consumed;
    finished: The pie is all.

pron. 
  1. the whole quantity or amount: He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.
  2. the whole number;
    every one: all of us.
  3. everything: Is that all you want to say? All is lost.

n. 
  1. one's whole interest, energy, or property: to give one's all; to lose one's all.
  2. (often cap.) the entire universe.
  3. above all, before everything else;
    chiefly: Above all, the little girl wanted a piano.
  4. after all, in spite of the circumstances;
    notwithstanding: He came in time after all.
  5. all in all: 
    • everything considered;
      in general: All in all, her health is greatly improved.
    • altogether: There were twelve absentees all in all.
    • everything;
      everything regarded as important: Painting became his all in all.
  6. all in hand, (of the copy for typesetting a particular article, book, issue, etc.) in the possession of the compositor.
  7. and all, together with every other associated or connected attribute, object, or circumstance: What with the snow and all, we may be a little late.
  8. at all: 
    • in the slightest degree: I wasn't surprised at all.
    • for any reason: Why bother at all?
    • in any way: no offense at all.
  9. for all (that), in spite of;
    notwithstanding: For all that, it was a good year.
  10. in all, all included;
    all together: a hundred guests in all.
  11. once and for all, for the last time;
    finally: The case was settled once and for all when the appeal was denied.

adv. 
  1. wholly;
    entirely;
    completely: all alone.
  2. only;
    exclusively: He spent his income all on pleasure.
  3. each;
    apiece: The score was one all.
  4. [Archaic.]even;
    just.
  5. all at once. See  once (def. 14).
  6. all but, almost;
    very nearly: These batteries are all but dead.
  7. all in, Northern and Western U.S. very tired;
    exhausted: We were all in at the end of the day.
  8. all in the wind, too close to the wind.
  9. all out, with all available means or effort: We went all out to win the war.
  10. all over: 
    • finished;
      done;
      ended.
    • everywhere;
      in every part.
    • in every respect;
      typically.
  11. all standing, [Naut.]
    • in such a way and so suddenly that sails or engines are still set to propel a vessel forward: The ship ran aground all standing.
    • fully clothed: The crew turned in all standing.
    • fully equipped, as a vessel.
  12. all that, remarkably;
    entirely;
    decidedly (used in negative constructions): It's not all that different from your other house.
  13. all the better, more advantageous;
    so much the better: If the sun shines it will be all the better for our trip.
  14. all there, [Informal.]mentally competent;
    not insane or feeble-minded: Some of his farfetched ideas made us suspect that he wasn't all there.
  15. all the same. See  same (def. 8).
  16. all told. See  told (def. 2).
  17. all up: 
    • [Print., Journ.](of copy) completely set in type.
    • [Informal.]with no vestige of hope remaining: It's all up with Georgethey've caught him.

The

the1  (stressed ᵺē; unstressed before a consonant ᵺə;
unstressed before a vowel ᵺē),USA pronunciation
 definite article. 
  1. (used, esp. before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an): the book you gave me; Come into the house.
  2. (used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):the sun;
    the Alps;
    theQueen Elizabeth;
    the past; the West.
  3. (used with or as part of a title): the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
  4. (used to mark a noun as indicating the best-known, most approved, most important, most satisfying, etc.): the skiing center of the U.S.; If you're going to work hard, now is the time.
  5. (used to mark a noun as being used generically): The dog is a quadruped.
  6. (used in place of a possessive pronoun, to note a part of the body or a personal belonging): He won't be able to play football until the leg mends.
  7. (used before adjectives that are used substantively, to note an individual, a class or number of individuals, or an abstract idea): to visit the sick; from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  8. (used before a modifying adjective to specify or limit its modifying effect): He took the wrong road and drove miles out of his way.
  9. (used to indicate one particular decade of a lifetime or of a century): the sixties; the gay nineties.
  10. (one of many of a class or type, as of a manufactured item, as opposed to an individual one): Did you listen to the radio last night?
  11. enough: He saved until he had the money for a new car. She didn't have the courage to leave.
  12. (used distributively, to note any one separately) for, to, or in each;
    a or an: at one dollar the pound.

Way

way1  (wā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. manner, mode, or fashion: a new way of looking at a matter; to reply in a polite way.
  2. characteristic or habitual manner: Her way is to work quietly and never complain.
  3. a method, plan, or means for attaining a goal: to find a way to reduce costs.
  4. a respect or particular: The plan is defective in several ways.
  5. a direction or vicinity: Look this way. We're having a drought out our way.
  6. passage or progress on a course: to make one's way on foot; to lead the way.
  7. Often,  ways. distance: They've come a long way.
  8. a path or course leading from one place to another: What's the shortest way to town?
    • an old Roman or pre-Roman road: Icknield Way.
    • a minor street in a town: He lives in Stepney Way.
  9. a road, route, passage, or channel (usually used in combination): highway; waterway; doorway.
  10. a right of way.
  11. any line of passage or travel, used or available: to blaze a way through dense woods.
  12. space for passing or advancing: to clear a way through the crowd.
  13. Often,  ways. a habit or custom: The grandmother lived by the ways of the old country.
  14. course or mode of procedure that one chooses or wills: They had to do it my way.
  15. condition, as to health, prosperity, or the like: to be in a bad way.
  16. range or extent of experience or notice: the best device that ever came in my way.
  17. a course of life, action, or experience: The way of transgressors is hard.
  18. business: to be in the haberdashery way.
  19. [Naut.]
    • ways, two or more ground ways down which a hull slides in being launched.
    • movement or passage through the water.
  20. [Mach.]a longitudinal strip, as in a planer, guiding a moving part along a surface.
  21. by the way, in the course of one's remarks;
    incidentally: By the way, have you received that letter yet?
  22. by way of: 
    • by the route of;
      through;
      via.
    • as a method or means of: to number articles by way of distinguishing them.
    • in the state or position of (being, doing, etc.);
      ostensibly: He is by way of being an authority on the subject.
  23. come one's way, to come to one;
    befall one: A bit of good fortune came my way.
  24. give way: 
    • to withdraw or retreat: The army gave way before the advance of the enemy.
    • to collapse;
      yield;
      break down: You will surely give way under the strain of overwork.
  25. give way to: 
    • to yield to: He gave way to their entreaties.
    • to become unrestrained or uninhibited;
      lose control of (one's temper, emotions, etc.): I gave way to my rage and ordered them from the house.
  26. go all the way: 
    • to do completely or wholeheartedly.
    • to take a decisive action, esp. one from which no retreat is possible: Neither side wants to go all the way with nuclear warfare.
    • to engage in sexual intercourse.
  27. go out of one's way, to do something that inconveniences one;
    make an unusual effort: Please don't go out of your way on my account.
  28. have a way with, to have a charming, persuasive, or effective manner of dealing with: He has a way with children; to have a way with words.
  29. have one's way with, (esp. of a man) to have sexual intercourse with, sometimes by intimidating or forcing one's partner.
  30. in a family way, pregnant.
  31. in a way, after a fashion;
    to some extent: In a way, she's the nicest person I know.
  32. in someone's way, forming a hindrance, impediment, or obstruction: She might have succeeded in her ambition, had not circumstances been in her way.Also,  in the way. 
  33. lead the way: 
    • to go along a course in advance of others, as a guide.
    • to take the initiative;
      be first or most prominent: In fashion she has always led the way.
  34. make one's way: 
    • to go forward;
      proceed: to make one's way through the mud.
    • to achieve recognition or success;
      advance: to make one's way in the world.
  35. make way: 
    • to allow to pass;
      clear the way: Make way for the king!
    • to relinquish to another;
      withdraw: He resigned to make way for a younger man.
    • [Naut.]to make forward or astern progress even though engines are not running.
  36. no way, not under any circumstances;
    no: Apologize to him? No way!
  37. out of the way: 
    • in a state or condition so as not to obstruct or hinder.
    • dealt with;
      disposed of: I feel better, now that one problem is out of the way.
    • murdered: to have a person put out of the way.
    • out of the frequented way;
      at a distance from the usual route.
    • improper;
      amiss: There was something decidedly out of the way about her explanation.
    • extraordinary;
      unusual: Such behavior was out of the way for him.
  38. pave the way to or  for. See  pave (def. 2).
  39. see one's way clear, to regard as suitable or possible;
    consider seriously: We couldn't see our way clear to spending so much money at once.Also,  see one's way. 
  40. take one's way, to start out;
    travel;
    go: He took his way across the park and headed uptown.
wayless, adj. 

And

and (and; unstressed ənd, ən, or, esp. after a homorganic consonant, n),USA pronunciation  conj. 
  1. (used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses) along or together with;
    as well as;
    in addition to;
    besides;
    also;
    moreover: pens and pencils.
  2. added to;
    plus: 2 and 2 are 4.
  3. then: He read for an hour and went to bed.
  4. also, at the same time: to sleep and dream.
  5. then again;
    repeatedly: He coughed and coughed.
  6. (used to imply different qualities in things having the same name): There are bargains and bargains, so watch out.
  7. (used to introduce a sentence, implying continuation) also;
    then: And then it happened.
  8. [Informal.]to (used between two finite verbs): Try and do it. Call and see if she's home yet.
  9. (used to introduce a consequence or conditional result): He felt sick and decided to lie down for a while. Say one more word about it and I'll scream.
  10. but;
    on the contrary: He tried to run five miles and couldn't. They said they were about to leave and then stayed for two more hours.
  11. (used to connect alternatives): He felt that he was being forced to choose between his career and his family.
  12. (used to introduce a comment on the preceding clause): They don't like each other--and with good reason.
  13. [Archaic.]if: and you please.Cf. an2.
  14. and so forth, and the like;
    and others;
    et cetera: We discussed traveling, sightseeing, and so forth.
  15. and so on, and more things or others of a similar kind;
    and the like: It was a summer filled with parties, picnics, and so on.

n. 
  1. an added condition, stipulation, detail, or particular: He accepted the job, no ands or buts about it.
  2. conjunction (def. 5b).

The

the1  (stressed ᵺē; unstressed before a consonant ᵺə;
unstressed before a vowel ᵺē),USA pronunciation
 definite article. 
  1. (used, esp. before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an): the book you gave me; Come into the house.
  2. (used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):the sun;
    the Alps;
    theQueen Elizabeth;
    the past; the West.
  3. (used with or as part of a title): the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
  4. (used to mark a noun as indicating the best-known, most approved, most important, most satisfying, etc.): the skiing center of the U.S.; If you're going to work hard, now is the time.
  5. (used to mark a noun as being used generically): The dog is a quadruped.
  6. (used in place of a possessive pronoun, to note a part of the body or a personal belonging): He won't be able to play football until the leg mends.
  7. (used before adjectives that are used substantively, to note an individual, a class or number of individuals, or an abstract idea): to visit the sick; from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  8. (used before a modifying adjective to specify or limit its modifying effect): He took the wrong road and drove miles out of his way.
  9. (used to indicate one particular decade of a lifetime or of a century): the sixties; the gay nineties.
  10. (one of many of a class or type, as of a manufactured item, as opposed to an individual one): Did you listen to the radio last night?
  11. enough: He saved until he had the money for a new car. She didn't have the courage to leave.
  12. (used distributively, to note any one separately) for, to, or in each;
    a or an: at one dollar the pound.

Back

back1  (bak),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine.
  2. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back.
  3. the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of the head.
  4. the whole body, with reference to clothing: the clothes on his back.
  5. ability for labor;
    effort;
    endurance: He put his back into the task.
  6. the part opposite to or farthest from the front;
    the rear part: the back of a hall.
  7. the part that forms the rear of any object or structure: the back of a chair.
  8. the part that covers the back: the back of a jacket.
  9. the spine or backbone: The fall broke his back.
  10. any rear part of an object serving to support, protect, etc.: the back of a binder.
  11. the forward side of a propeller blade (opposed to face).
  12. [Aeron.]the top part or upper surface of an aircraft, esp. of its fuselage.
  13. [Bookbinding.]the edge of a book formed where its sections are bound together.
  14. the backs, grounds along the River Cam in back of certain colleges at Cambridge University in England: noted for their great beauty.
  15. extrados.
  16. [Carpentry.]
    • the upper side of a joist, rafter, handrail, etc.
    • the area of interior wall between a window stool and the floor.
  17. the roof of a stope or drift.
    • a player whose regular position is behind that of players who make initial contact with the opposing team, as behind the forward line in football or nearest the player's own goal in polo.
    • the position occupied by this player.
  18. be flat on one's back: 
    • to be helpless or beaten: He's flat on his back after a long succession of failures.
    • to be confined to one's bed because of illness.
  19. behind one's back, in one's absence;
    without one's knowledge;
    treacherously;
    secretly: I'd rather talk to him about it directly than discuss it behind his back.
  20. break someone's back, to cause a person to fail, esp. to cause to become bankrupt: His family's extravagance is breaking his back.
  21. break the back of: 
    • to complete the principal or hardest part of (a project, one's work, etc.): He finally broke the back of the problem.
    • to overcome;
      defeat: They broke the back of our union.
  22. get off one's back, [Informal.]to cease to find fault with or to disturb someone: The fight started when they wouldn't get off my back.
  23. get one's back up, to become annoyed;
    take offense: She gets her back up whenever someone mentions her family's influence.
  24. have one's back to the wall, to be in a difficult or hopeless situation.
  25. in back of, behind: He hid in back of the billboard. What could be in back of his strange behavior?Also,  back of. 
  26. on one's back, finding fault with or disturbing someone: The boss is always on my back about promptness.
  27. pat on the back. See  pat 1 (defs. 6, 10).
  28. stab in the back. See  stab (def. 13).
  29. turn one's back on: 
    • to forsake or neglect: He was unable to turn his back on any suffering creature.
    • to leave behind, as in anger.

v.t. 
  1. to support, as with authority, influence, help, or money (often fol. by up): to back a candidate; to back up a theory with facts.
  2. to bet on: to back a horse in the race.
  3. to cause to move backward (often fol. by up): to back a car.
  4. to furnish with a back: to back a book.
  5. to lie at the back of;
    form a back or background for: a beach backed by hills.
  6. to provide with an accompaniment: a singer backed by piano and bass.
  7. to get upon the back of;
    mount.
  8. to write or print on the back of;
    endorse;
    countersign.
  9. [Carpentry.]to attach strips of wood to the upper edge of (a joist or rafter) to bring it to a desired level.
    • to alter the position of (a sail) so that the wind will strike the forward face.
    • to brace (yards) in backing a sail.
    • to reinforce the hold of (an anchor) by means of a smaller one attached to it and dropped farther away.

v.i. 
  1. to go or move backward (often fol. by up).
  2. (of wind) to change direction counterclockwise (opposed to veer).
  3. back and fill: 
    • [Naut.]to trim the sails of a boat so that the wind strikes them first on the forward and then on the after side.
    • to change one's opinion or position;
      vacillate.
  4. back and forth, [South Midland U.S.]
    • to go back and forth, as in running errands or visiting: He spent the day backing and forthing to the post office.
    • to work in an aimless or ineffective way;
      expend effort with little result.
  5. back away, to retreat;
    withdraw: They gradually began to back away from their earlier opinion.
  6. back down, to abandon an argument, opinion, or claim;
    withdraw;
    retreat: He backed down as soon as a member of the audience challenged his assertion.
  7. back off: 
    • to back down: Now that the time for action had arrived, it was too late to back off.
    • to reverse (the spindle) in mule spinning prior to winding on the newly spun length of yarn.
  8. back out or  out of, to fail to keep an engagement or promise;
    withdraw from;
    abandon: Two entrants have backed out of competing in the marathon. You can't back out now.
  9. back up: 
    • to bring (a stream of traffic) to a standstill: A stalled car backed up traffic for miles.
    • [Printing.]to print a sheet again on its other side.
    • [Printing.]to fill in (the thin copper shell of an electrotype) with metal in order to strengthen it.
    • to move backward: Back up into the garage.
    • to reinforce: We backed up the cardboard with slats so it wouldn't fall down.
    • to support or confirm: He backed up my story and they let us go.
    • to duplicate (a file or a program) as a precaution against failure.
  10. back up for, [Australian Informal.]to return for more of, as another helping of food.
  11. back water: 
    • [Naut.]to reverse the direction of a vessel.
    • to retreat from a position;
      withdraw an opinion: I predict that the council will back water on the tax issue.

adj. 
  1. situated at or in the rear: at the back door; back fence.
  2. far away or removed from the front or main area, position, or rank;
    remote: back settlements.
  3. belonging to the past: back files; back issues.
  4. in arrears;
    overdue: back pay.
  5. coming or going back;
    moving backward: back current.
  6. [Navig.]reciprocal (def. 7).
  7. (of a speech sound) produced with the tongue articulating in the back part of the mouth, as in either of the sounds of go.
backless, adj. 
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