Back

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See also: back, bäck, and back-

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Back

  1. A surname​.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Low German bak (bowl, box, chest), from Middle Dutch bak (modern Dutch bak), from Old French bac (large bowl). Related with Becken, but unrelated with Backbord.

The sense “dining table” is due to the fact that several sailors would eat from one bowl, so the word Back came to be used for the entire area that they shared. The sense “forecastle” might be a further generalisation because it is this part of the ship where the sailors ate and slept. Otherwise it could be derived from the sense “box, chest”.

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Back f (genitive Back, plural Backen)

Back n (genitive Backs, plural Backen)

  1. (nautical) forecastle (raised part of the upper deck)
  2. (nautical) a large wooden bowl in which the meal is served
  3. (nautical) a dining table used by the crew of a ship, often foldable
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Etymology 2[edit]

From English back. Doublet of Bache.

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Back m (genitive Backs, plural Backs)

  1. (Switzerland, otherwise obsolete, soccer) defender; back
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