backlog

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Etymology[edit]

back +‎ log. 1680s; originally a large log at the back of a fire. Figurative sense from 1880s, meaning “ something stored up for later use”. Possibly influenced by logbook as well.[1]

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Noun[edit]

backlog (plural backlogs)

  1. An accumulation or buildup, especially of unfilled orders or unfinished work
    He went to work on Saturday to try to work through the backlog of papers on his desk.
  2. A reserve source or supply

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Verb[edit]

backlog (third-person singular simple present backlogs, present participle backlogging, simple past and past participle backlogged)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To acquire something as a backlog, or to become a backlog

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References[edit]

  1. ^ backlog” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).