backing

noun
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

hindrance

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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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The three main factors of construction are: Density: As the name suggests, density refers to how many fibers are in a pile (the actual carpet, which is attached to a backing) and how tightly packed the fibers are. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 College Prep had been trying for years to find local backing. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "College Prep middle school breaks ground in Spring Valley," 3 July 2018 With talks aimed at resolving the U.S.-China trade dispute entering a critical stage, President Xi Jinping pledged fresh backing for the liberalization of his country’s economy in ways the Trump administration has demanded. James T. Areddy And Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Fresh Support for Liberalizing Economy," 26 Apr. 2019 Those rumors don't have any substantive backing to them, though. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Meghan Markle's Due Date? Here's When the Royal Baby Will Likely Be Born," 18 Apr. 2019 The unwavering backing from powerful friends is in sharp contrast to the muddled response by the U.S. administration, and something none of the other Arab leaders benefited from in their own struggle against their opponents. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 With a powerful executive's backing, bringing Princess Bride to the stage may be a little less... inconceivable. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Princess Bride Is Being Made into a Musical," 26 Mar. 2019 Convoy, a Seattle company making software to match truckers to cargo, has financial backing from the likes of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Uber keeps on truckin’ as Freight expands nationwide," 1 June 2018 The Apple Card—which is brought to you by the financial backing of Goldman Sachs and Mastercard, by the way—differs from standard cards in some other important ways. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is a Credit Card Company Now," 25 Mar. 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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backing

noun

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

backing

noun
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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