back-n; 11 Senses

Sense Number 1: a posterior, external region of a human or animal

Commentary: BACK[+structure][+anatomical][+of_animal][+exterior][+region][+posterior]

The yoga students lay on their backs for deep relaxation pose.
John slapped Tom on the back to congratulate him.
The trainer put a light saddle on the back of the young horse.
The children touched the back of the starfish with their hands.
He had a mole removed from his back.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: interior spinal column of vertebrates

Commentary: BACK[+structure][+anatomical][+of_animal][+vertebrate][+interior][+spine]

The paleontologists are assembling the dinosaur's back from several fossils.
How many vertebrae are in a human back?
John needed back surgery after his accident.
Her back pain was from a ruptured vertebra. (spine)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 3: the posterior side of an object

Commentary: BACK[+structure][+side][+posterior][+of_object]

Her address is on the back of the envelope.
He noticed a white mold on the backs of the mulberry leaves.
He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand.
Sally vacuumed the back side of the refrigerator.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: location that is farthest away, relative to a foreground

Commentary: BACK[+location][+position][+farthest][+relative][+to_foreground]

She stood at the back of the stage.
The guests are all out back in the yard.
Our seats are at the back of the plane.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 5: the binding or spine of a book

Commentary: BACK[+structure][+component][+of_artifact][+binding][+of_book]

Opening the book that way will tend to break its back.
She dusted the backs of the books on the shelves in the living room.
The leather backs of these old volumes are cracked and in need of repair.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 6: the posterior piece of a garment

Commentary: BACK[+structure][+component][+of_artifact][+piece][+posterior][+of_garment]

Mary sewed the back to the front, before sewing on the sleeves of the blouse. The cleaners could not remove the stain from the back of his raincoat.
The back of the jacket is nipped in at the waist for a stylish flair.
The dress had gold buttons down the back.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 7: posterior support of a chair

Commentary: BACK[+structure][+component][+of_artifact][+support][+posterior][+of_chair]

John reclined the back of his seat on the plane.
The back of the dentist chair can be adjusted in many ways.
The hard backs of the church pews are intended to keep the attendees alert during services.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 8: football player whose role is to start in the backfield

Commentary: BACK[+person][+role][+player][+football][+starter][+in_backfield]

Their backs showed some impressive running and passing in that game.
Their team signed a new back for an undisclosed sum.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 9: the location behind line of scrimmage played in football

Commentary: BACK[+location][+position][+in_game][+football][+behind_scrimmage]

The ball was fumbled at the back.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 10: Idioms

Commentary: OFF_ONE'S_BACK (a burden) ON_ONE'S_BACK (a burden) PUT_ONE'S_BACK_INTO (apply energy and vigor) HAVE_ONE'S_BACK_AGAINST_THE_WALL (be in a touch situation) TURN_ONE'S_BACK (ignore, dismiss) KNOW_IT_LIKE_THE_BACK_OF_ONE'S_HAND (be very familiar with)

They wanted the government off their backs.
He was tired of that monkey on his back.
They really put their backs into that project.
The banks have their backs against the wall at the moment.
She's turned her back on the whole idea.
He knows that harbor like the back of his hand.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: Idiom

Sense Number 11: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)