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doc Definition of backstop
    English to English
    noun
  • (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • a precaution in case of an emergency
  • He acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong.
    source: WordNet 3.0
  • In baseball, a fence, prop. at least 90 feet behind the home base, to stop the balls that pass the catcher; also, the catcher himself.
  • source: Webster 1913
    verb
  • act as a backstop
  • source: WordNet 3.0
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