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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher;
[syn: catcher, backstop]

2. (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field;

3. a precaution in case of an emergency;
- Example: "he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"

VERB (1)

1. act as a backstop;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Backstop \Back"stop`\, n. 1. In baseball, a fence, prop. at least 90 feet behind the home base, to stop the balls that pass the catcher; also, the catcher himself. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. In rounders, the player who stands immediately behind the striking base. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. In cricket, the longstop; also, the wicket keeper. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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