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Ba'ckside. n.s. [from back and side.]

  1. The hinder part of any thing.

    If quicksilver were rubbed from the backside of the speculum, the glass would cause the same rings of colors, but more faint ; the phænomena depends not upon the quicksilver, unless so far as it encreases the reflection of the backside of the glass. Newton's Opticks.

  2. The hind part of an animal.

    A poor ant carries a grain of corn, climbing up a wall with her head downwards and her backside upwards. Addison.

  3. The yard or ground behind a house.

    The wash of pastures, fields, commons, roads, streets, or backsides, are of great advantage to all sorts of land. Mortimer.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Mortimer, John (62) · Newton, Isaac (40)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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