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Back, river, c.600 mi (970 km) long, rising in lakes, Northwest Territories, Canada, and flowing northeast through Nunavut across the tundra to Chantry Inlet. Numerous lakes lie along its course. It is named for Sir George Back, the first European to descend the river (1834).
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What does it mean when you dream about the back?

Because of the dreaming mind’s tendency to literalize metaphors, the back can signify meanings from familiar sayings. For example, in a dream the back may mean “watch your back” (beware of treachery).

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(anatomy)
The part of the human body extending from the neck to the base of the spine.
(graphic arts)
The part of a book where the binding and pages are stitched together.
(mining engineering)
The upper part of any mining cavity.
A joint, usually a strike joint, perpendicular to the direction of working.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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1. The rear, reverse, unseen, more remote, or less important part of a structure, tool, or object
2. The support for a more prominent or visible element; e.g., the back of wallboard is the surface to be plastered.
3. The top or exposed side of a slate, tile, or the like, in contrast to the bed.
4. The ridge or top of a horizontal member or structure like a joist, rafter, or roof.
5. A principal rafter.
6. The extrados or top surface of an arch, often buried in the surrounding masonry.
7. A low-grade veneer used for the back ply in plywood construction.
8. The wainscoting below the sash frame of a window, extending to the floor.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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i. The curved surface of a propeller blade. It corresponds to the upper surface of the airplane's wing. Also called a blade back.
ii. The back of the power curve, where any decrease in speed results in a disproportional increase in drag. A stage may be reached when even with full power the aircraft may continue to sink. Also referred to as behind the power curve and backside of the power curve.
iii. The top part or the upper surface area of an airplane, especially of an airplane's fuselage, referred to in such contexts as “to fly on its back.”
iv. The back seat (rear cockpit) of a two-seater combat or trainer aircraft.
v. The changing of wind direction in the anti-clock-wise direction. When the wind direction changes in the anticlock-wise direction, it is called backing when the change is clock-wise, it is called veering.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

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1. Ball games
a. a mainly defensive player behind a forward
b. the position of such a player
2. the upper surface of a joist, rafter, slate, tile, etc., when in position

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a large tub or vat, esp one used by brewers
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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Following announcement of the plan not to backdate the pay rise, which the Police Federation claims reduces it to 1.9 per cent, angry officers called for the resignation of Ms Smith.
The snag arose when United refused to backdate the payments to December 5 - worth pounds 104,000.
THOUSANDS more part-time workers are likely to benefit from Barclays' disclosure that it is planning to backdate pension benefits.
Police officers are still in dispute about their 2.5 per cent deal because the Government won't backdate the rise, cutting its value to 1.9 per cent.
Plans to backdate the changes to April 2005 mean up to four years of business rates must be paid in one go.
The Citizens Advice Bureau said if proposals by the Department of Work and Pensions went ahead, it would only be possible to backdate housing benefit claims by three months instead of one year.
After a six-year campaign backed by Mirror Money, a House of Lords ruling now means the women will be able to backdate their pension claims to 1976.
A DECISION to backdate a pay increase to September for police support workers, the same deal being denied police officers, will "light the blue touch paper", Merseyside police Federation said today.
The Rail Maritime and Transport union accused Arriva Trains Northern, which has the franchise to run the Trans-Pennine route from Liverpool's Lime Street Station, of refusing to backdate a 4pc pay offer that it has made to the union members.
The European Court of Justice ruled that part-timers can backdate pension scheme membership as far as 1976.
Mr O'Higgins asked the Special Criminal Court to backdate O'Neill's sentence 20-and-a-half months before February 5 this year when the 11 years sentence was passed, but Mr Justice Richard Johnson said that the court had no jurisdiction to do so.
Labour MP Frank Field joined campaigners in demanding the Government stops playing Scrooge and backdates claims to when any error first took place.