backlog

  

Definition

Value of unfulfilled orders, or the number of unprocessed jobs, on a given day. While a backlog indicates the workload that is beyond the production capacity of a department or firm, it also serves as a pointer toward the firm's future sales revenue and earnings. Also called open order.

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  • She had a day off, so she decided to relax by working on her backlog of unwatched anime DVDs that had been piling up.

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  • We believe that a fund is needed to attract scientists and researchers in order to catch up with the enormous backlog of need.

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  • There was a backlog so Judy had to stay late to finish the portfolio since it was the end of the month.

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