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back +‎ set


backset (plural backsets)

  1. A check; a relapse; a discouragement; a setback.
  2. Whatever is thrown back in its course, such as water.
    • Harper's Magazine
      Slackwater, or the backset caused by the overflow.


backset (third-person singular simple present backsets, present participle backsetting, simple past and past participle backset)

  1. (US, Western US) To plow again in the fall; said of prairie land broken up in the spring.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for backset in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)