Backstop Definition

băkstŏp
backstopped, backstopping, backstops
noun
backstops
A screen or fence used to prevent the ball from being thrown or hit far behind or to the sides of home plate.
American Heritage
A fence, screen, etc., esp. one behind the catcher in baseball, serving to stop balls from leaving the playing area.
Webster's New World
A catcher.
American Heritage
Anything that supports or bolsters.
Webster's New World
Something that supports or bolsters.
American Heritage
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verb
backstopped
To serve as a backstop for.
American Heritage
To act as a backstop for.
Webster's New World
To support or bolster.
American Heritage
To substitute for (another) in an emergency.
American Heritage
To serve as backstop for.
Wiktionary
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other
A type of insurance. Under-writers for a stock or bond issue have a backstop in place to make sure that the security issue will be purchased. To do so, the underwriters assemble a group of sub-underwriters, often institutional investors who are prepared to take a certain share of the offering that remains unsold. This type of underwriting deal may be called a backstopped deal or a firm-commitment underwriting deal. Backstop also refers to a government agency or loan guarantee program that will insure a company’s debt or its credit line.
Webster's New World Finance

Other Word Forms of Backstop

Noun

Singular:
backstop
Plural:
backstops

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