backing

noun
back·​ing | \ ˈba-kiŋ \
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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In this context, Ekroth’s staying local—with corporate backing—is major. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Rolf Ekroth, a Rising Finn, Scores Big With a Double Debut at Pitti Uomo," 10 Jan. 2019 With its history, solid backing from the state of Florida, and now a license in hand, Space Florida will be a site to beat. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral Can Now Launch Commercial Spaceplanes," 9 Nov. 2018 They're meant to be hung on the wall, and have a hook installed on the back for easy hang-up (as well as a black fabric backing to keep your walls scratch and scuff-free. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You'll Lose Your Ship Over These Driftwood Skulls," 16 Oct. 2018 Campaign volunteers have been calling to cancel door-knocking and phone-banking shifts for Bredesen since his statement backing Kavanaugh, according to an internal spreadsheet maintained by the campaign and obtained by POLITICO. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 Changes to the bill in 1996 and 2006 have added scientific backing to fishery management decisions that have rebuilt more than 40 domestic fish stocks since 2000, the scientists wrote. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 July 2018 Having those live sounds on the album translates directly to Rhye’s concerts, which are done sans laptops and backing tracks. Robert Spuhler, SFChronicle.com, "Rhye reemerges with new energy, set to perform in SF," 12 July 2018 Huge, huge backing is good, but one miss could be a bigger fall. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018 Maybe Morgan has fallen into an absent-minded mood, completely dismissing his previous support and backing of current World Cup top goalscorer, and national captain, Harry Kane. SI.com, "Arsenal-Supporting Twitter Troll Piers Morgan Blames Spurs Players for England's World Cup Exit," 12 July 2018

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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 \

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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