from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The back of a horse.
  • n. A natural ridge; a hogback.
  • adv. On the back of a horse: rode horseback to town; horseback riding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The back of a horse.
  • n. A ridge of sand, gravel, and boulders.
  • adv. On the back of a horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The back of a horse.
  • n. An extended ridge of sand, gravel, and boulders, in a half-stratified condition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On the back of a horse: as, to ride horseback. See horseback, n., 1.
  • n. The back of a horse, particularly that part of the back on which the rider sits: used generally in the phrase on horseback, often abbreviated to horseback, and used adverbially.
  • n. A low and somewhat sharp ridge of sand or gravel; also, but not generally, a ridge of rock which rises for a short distance with a sharp edge: a common term in New England, especially in Maine. Also called hogback, hog's-back, and boar's-back. Such ridges are called by Scotch geologists kames, by the Irish eskars.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. on the back of a horse
  • n. the back of a horse
  • n. a narrow ridge of hills


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