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Meaning of backlog

back•log

Pronunciation: (bak'lôg", -log"), [key]
— n., v., -logged, -log•ging.
—n.
  1. a reserve or accumulation, as of stock, work, or business: a backlog of business orders.
  2. a large log at the back of a hearth to keep up a fire. Cf. forestick.
—v.t.
  1. to hold in reserve, as for future handling or repair.
  2. to enter and acknowledge (an order) for future shipment.
—v.i.
  1. to accumulate in a backlog: Orders are starting to backlog faster than we can process them.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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