back stop



  • noun
    (written as back-stop)
    a fielding position (or the player occupying it) directly behind the wicket-keeper
    Citation ‘New South Wales started off very quietly … and were not awakened to a sense of rashness until a fast ball from miss Rattigan whizzed past the wicket-keeper, under the skirts of the back-stop, and out of the reach of the second back-stop’ (Sydney Mail 6 April 1910)
    See long stop


  • In a relay, a barrier which limits the movement of the armature when the circuit is open.


  • noun a screen or barrier to stop a ball travelling out of the playing area