Friday, 10 September 2010



1. the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine.
2. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back.
3. the rear portion of any part of the body.
4. the whole body, with reference to clothing.
5. ability for labour; effort; endurance.
6. the part opposite to or farthest from the front; the rear part.
7. the part that forms the rear of any object or structure.
8. the part that covers the back.
9. the spine or backbone.
10. any rear part of an object serving to support, protect, etc..
11. Nautical, Aeronautics . the forward side of a propeller blade.
12. Aeronautics . the top part or upper surface of an aircraft, especially of its fuselage.
13. Bookbinding . the edge of a book formed where its sections are bound together.
14. the backs, grounds along the River Cam in back of certain colleges at Cambridge University in England noted for their great beauty.
15. Architecture . Also extrados: the exterior curve or surface of an arch or vault.
16. Carpentry .
a. the upper side of a joist, rafter, handrail, etc.
b. the area of interior wall between a window stool and the floor.
17. Mining . the roof of a stope or drift.
18. Sports .
a. a player whose regular position is behind that of players who make initial contact with the opposing team, as behind the forward line in football or nearest the player's own goal in polo.
b. the position occupied by this player.
–verb (used with object)
19. to support, as with authority, influence, help, or money (often followed by “up”).
20. to bet on.
21. to cause to move backward (often followed by “up”)
22. to furnish with a back.
23. to lie at the back of; form a back or background for.
24. to provide with an accompaniment.
25. to get upon the back of; mount.
26. to write or print on the back of; endorse; countersign.
27. Carpentry . to attach strips of wood to the upper edge of (a joist or rafter) to bring it to a desired level.
28. Nautical .
a. to alter the position of (a sail) so that the wind will strike the forward face.
b. to brace (yards) in backing a sail.
c. to reinforce the hold of (an anchor) by means of a smaller one attached to it and dropped farther away.
–verb (used without object)
29. to go or move backward (often followed by “up”).
30. Nautical . (of wind) to change direction counterclockwise.
31. situated at or in the rear.
32. far away or removed from the front or main area, position, or rank; remote.
33. belonging to the past.
34. in arrears; overdue.
35. coming or going back; moving backward.
36. Navigation . Also reciprocal : bearing in a direction 180° to a given direction .
37. Phonetics . (of a speech sound) produced with the tongue articulating in the back part of the mouth, as in either of the sounds of go.

1. at, to, or toward the rear; backward.
2. in or toward the past.
3. at or toward the original starting point, place, or condition.
4. in direct payment or return.
5. in a state of restraint or retention.
6. in a reclining position

1. a large tub, vat, or cistern used by dyers, brewers, distillers, etc., to hold liquids.
2. a broad-beamed ferryboat hauled across a body of water by a rope or chain.

You rest at your window
Turning your back on the world.
The leaves are still falling.

The background picture is copyright of Willow of Willow Manor, who has put it forth as a writing prompt.
Join the writing fun at Magpie Tales.


Abhilasha-The Desire said...

Its open to so many interpretations.. very nicely written in so few words

jabblog said...

This asks more questions than it answers. Well done.

Doc FTSE said...

i'm with jabblog here, at least in part. It does ask more questions than it answers.

Tumblewords: said...

I like the fluid feel of this - the movement and the not - the turning of the back...Nice!

kathew said...

Nice Magpie-well done with few words

Jinksy said...

Turning one's back on the world must leave many questions unanswered.

Anonymous said...

This is profound. 'Nough said. Bisous, Love and Light, Sender

willow said...

Delicious and deep. Love it.

Brian Miller said...

with so many definitions this one could go many places...but just because you turn your back the world does not stop...nice mag!

HisFireFly said...


I like this :-)

Jane Doe said...

Wonderful. So much said in so few words. Having been someone who has turned her back on the world in the past, I can relate.

JeffScape said...

But, then... what's she looking at? ;)

Helen said...

Loved your 'take' on Willow's photo!!