Definition of backline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaklʌɪn/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


1A line marking the back of something, especially the area of play in a game.
Example sentences
  • It is intended that the fence is provided in a neat line along the backline of the pathway and that the grass area behind the fence will be restored so that it is a well maintained flat grassed area.
  • Then he finished off a lovely backline break.
  • Thereafter, he retreated to the Celtic backline.
1.1 Rugby The players lined out across the field behind a scrum or line-out.
Example sentences
  • Strong, commanding and no-nonsense, he is the type of player you build a backline around.
  • They have excellence in all areas of the pitch - their backline has some world-class players - but if they play to type then you'll see a lot more of their forwards than their backs.
  • On the field, Michael was a very level-headed player who controlled our backline, one of our top marking defenders, and was a tremendous contributor to the team at all levels.
2The amplifiers used by a popular music group for guitars and other instruments, typically placed across the back of the stage.
Example sentences
  • Often, except for guitars and a few other essentials, the band relies on the fulfillment of their tech rider for backline instruments, and house and monitor systems.

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