back·​cloth ˈbak-ˌklȯth How to pronounce backcloth (audio)
chiefly British

Examples of backcloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This sobering realization quickly spread from the sciences to the humanities, provoking reimagination of their disciplines to incorporate the Earth no longer as a passive and stable backcloth for the human adventure, but as an active, hyperresponsive and dangerous actor. Colin Waters, Scientific American, 5 Feb. 2021 Morris’s giant vertical beam traverses back and forth across the front of the stage, shining on the backcloth and the dancers in its path. Melissa Harris, The New York Review of Books, 11 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backcloth was in 1874

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“Backcloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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