Backset Back"set` (b[a^]k"s[e^]t`), n. [Back, adv. + set.] 1. A check; a relapse; a discouragement; a setback. [1913 Webster]

2. Whatever is thrown back in its course, as water. [1913 Webster]

Slackwater, or the backset caused by the overflow. --Harper's Mag. [1913 Webster]

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