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Backset vs Backest - What's the difference?

backset | backest |

As a noun backset

is a check; a relapse; a discouragement; a setback.

As a verb backset

is to plow again in the fall; said of prairie land broken up in the spring.

As an adjective backest is

superlative of back.

backset

English

Noun

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

    Verb

  • (US, Western US) To plow again in the fall; said of prairie land broken up in the spring.
  • (Webster 1913)

    backest

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (phonetics) (back)
  • Martin J. Ball and Nicole Müller (2005), Phonetics for communication disorders , p. 56:
  • :: He set up two anchor points for his system using articulatory criteria: cardinal vowel 1 was the highest, frontest vowel that one could make without the sound becoming a consonant, and cardinal vowel 5 was the lowest, backest vowel one could produce without pulling the tongue back into the pharynx.
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