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piggyback definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the act of carrying something piggyback v
1: ride on someone's shoulders or back
2: haul truck trailers loaded with commodities on railroad cars
3: haul by railroad car
4: support on the back and shoulders; "He piggybacked her child so she could see the show"
5: bring into alignment with; "an amendment to piggyback the current law" adv
1: on a railroad flatcar; "the trailer rode piggyback across the country" [syn: piggyback, pickaback, pig-a-back]
2: on the back or shoulder or astraddle on the hip; "she carried her child piggyback" [syn: piggyback, pickaback, pig-a-back]

Merriam Webster's

I. adverb also pickaback Etymology: alteration of earlier a pick pack, of unknown origin Date: 1565 1. up on the back and shoulders 2. on or as if on the back of another; especially on a railroad flatcar II. noun also pickaback Date: circa 1590 1. the act of carrying piggyback 2. the movement of loaded truck trailers on railroad flatcars III. adjective also pickaback Date: 1823 1. marked by being up on the shoulders and back <a child needs hugging, tussling, and piggyback rides Benjamin Spock> 2. carried or transported piggyback: as a. of or relating to the hauling of truck trailers on railroad flatcars b. being or relating to something carried into space as an extra load by a vehicle (as a spacecraft) IV. verb also pickaback Date: 1952 transitive verb 1. to carry up on the shoulders and back 2. to haul (as a truck trailer) by railroad car 3. to set up or cause to function in conjunction with something larger, more important, or already in existence or operation intransitive verb to function or be carried on or as if on the back of another

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adv. (also pickaback) --n. a ride on the back and shoulders of another person. --adv. 1 on the back and shoulders of another person. 2 on the back or top of a larger object. Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

also piggy-back(piggybacks, piggybacking, piggybacked) 1. If you give someone a piggyback, you carry them high on your back, supporting them under their knees. They give each other piggy-back rides. N-COUNT Piggyback is also an adverb. My father carried me up the hill, piggyback. ADV: ADV after v 2. If you piggyback on something that someone else has thought of or done, you use it to your advantage. I was just piggybacking on Stokes's idea... They are piggybacking onto developed technology. VERB: V on n, V onto n, also V




 


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