Definition of backveld in English:



the backveld
South African
  • Remote country districts, especially when considered to be unsophisticated or conservative.

    • ‘These state-printed-and-distributed texts were an important medium for educating the backveld in geological theory and hydraulic engineering practice.’
    • ‘Even so this was chiefly at the expense of Labour, while the Nationalist tide rose still higher on the backveld.’
    • ‘The popular antipathy on the backveld towards geological and engineering science constituted a serious ideological obstacle to state water boring.’
    • ‘The motor-car was now beginning to make its first appearance in the backveld, and a small motor transport corps rendered excellent service.’
    • ‘Thus inducted, these mechanic para-geologists were dispersed through the backveld, each in charge of a drill, and spent a minimum of three years working in a division to acquire experience, reading and boring the local geology.’
    countryside, green belt, great outdoors
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Partial translation of Afrikaans agterveld, literally ‘back countryside’.