back·​ing | \ ˈba-kiŋ How to pronounce backing (audio) \
plural backings

Definition of backing

1 : something forming a back a tape with adhesive backing
2a : support, aid financial backing … sectarian or ethnic warlords battling for territory, with the backing of sponsors from neighboring countries.— Aparisim Ghosh
b : the music that is played along with someone who is singing or playing the main tune : the music that accompanies the lead musician … she plans to record the songs with the backing of an orchestra.— Cortney Harding
c : endorsement especially of a warrant by a magistrate

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Synonyms & Antonyms for backing


abetment, aid, assist, assistance, boost, hand, help, helping hand, leg up, lift, support



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Examples of backing in a Sentence

The tape has an adhesive backing. The project has received financial backing from several investors.

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David Pfenninger’s background gave PRG something to offer prospects besides financial backing. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel's Austin Pfenninger has already bucked the odds in his first year as an NFL agent," 5 July 2019 The answer was financial backing, which Johnston and her daughter provided, giving new, sustained life to Revolution, and the revolution of female businesses. Kevin Cullen,, "In White River Junction, sisters are doing it for themselves," 4 July 2019 To access the money, the company had to streamline itself, secure wage and benefit concessions from all employees, renegotiate existing loans and get financial backing from banks and suppliers. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 Hemedti and the military council have received vocal support, as well as financial backing, from those countries as well as neighboring Egypt. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Mass protests in Sudan draw tens of thousands, with scattered clashes in capital," 30 June 2019 Cloud Storage Basics: Stop worrying about losing files, and start using online cloud storage for backing up and sharing files and folders., "Calendar: 3-D fireworks painting Monday in Lake Forest," 30 June 2019 Protesters in Hong Kong Wednesday directly appealed for foreign backing in their bid to defend the city’s political freedoms, in a risky move that is certain to draw the ire of Beijing. Time Staff, Time, ""Free Hong Kong from China!" Hong Kong Protesters Call for Foreign Backing in Their Struggle to Preserve the City's Freedoms," 26 June 2019 The Senate planned to vote this week on similar legislation that has bipartisan backing, but many House Democrats say the Senate version's provisions aimed at helping migrant children are not strong enough. Author: Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "White House threatens to veto aid bill for migrant families," 25 June 2019 With political will, financial backing and community action, Alabama could join them. *** Myra and Stef want to get out of Montgomery. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "Black, poor and Southern: One of the deadliest demographics for pregnant women in America," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of backing

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of backing was in 1745

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English Language Learners Definition of backing

: something that forms a back
: support or aid
: the music that is played along with someone who is singing or playing the main tune : the music that accompanies someone


back·​ing | \ ˈbak-iŋ How to pronounce backing (audio) \

Medical Definition of backing

: the metal portion of a dental crown, bridge, or similar structure to which a porcelain or plastic tooth facing is attached

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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