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 for To back water
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Back \Back\ (b[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Backed (b[a^]kt); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Backing.]
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     1. To get upon the back of; to mount.
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              I will back him [a horse] straight.   --Shak.
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     2. To place or seat upon the back. [R.]
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              Great Jupiter, upon his eagle backed,
              Appeared to me.                       --Shak.
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     3. To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede;
        as, to back oxen.
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     4. To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back
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     5. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
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              A garden . . . with a vineyard backed. --Shak.
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              The chalk cliffs which back the beach. --Huxley.
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     6. To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to
        indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
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     7. To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or
        influence; as, to back a friend. "The Parliament would be
        backed by the people." --Macaulay.
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              Have still found it necessary to back and fortify
              their laws with rewards and punishments. --South.
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              The mate backed the captain manfully. --Blackw. Mag.
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     8. To bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse.
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     To back an anchor (Naut.), to lay down a small anchor ahead
        of a large one, the cable of the small one being fastened
        to the crown of the large one.
     To back the field, in horse racing, to bet against a
        particular horse or horses, that some one of all the other
        horses, collectively designated "the field", will win.
     To back the oars, to row backward with the oars.
     To back a rope, to put on a preventer.
     To back the sails, to arrange them so as to cause the ship
        to move astern.
     To back up, to support; to sustain; as, to back up one's
     To back a warrant (Law), is for a justice of the peace, in
        the county where the warrant is to be executed, to sign or
        indorse a warrant, issued in another county, to apprehend
        an offender.
     To back water (Naut.), to reverse the action of the oars,
        paddles, or propeller, so as to force the boat or ship
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