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


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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But the word of mouth, Elliott’s backing, as well as Alberth’s incessant phone calls, has this year’s convention bursting at the seams. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys star joins Tony Romo as co-owner of fantasy football convention in Fort Worth," 11 July 2018 But then Paul has a long history of threatening to break with his party on key votes, and an equally long history of backing off, particularly if Trump asks him to get in line. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Kavanaugh Remains SCOTUS Front-runner Despite Right-Wing Backlash," 5 July 2018 McAdams is being represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, and Marquette has the backing of Milwaukee's manufacturing and business lobbying groups, making it a complex case, politically. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on John McAdams case against Marquette expected Friday," 3 July 2018 With government backing, China’s domestic sports market could be worth $740 billion by 2025 according to official figures. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Soccer World Cup spurs Chinese sporting ambitions," 27 June 2018 Peisinger is a former assistant prosecutor in Baltimore City, who did have backing from a number of active leaders in the local Republican Party. The Aegis, "Peisinger takes GOP state's attorney nod in Harford; Glassman, Vincenti also win primary bids," 27 June 2018 However, public backing for the policy -- and the religious argument that Sessions used to support it -- has been hard to come by. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Sessions cites Romans 13 to defend Trump's immigration policy, raises Christians' ire," 15 June 2018 But Dumanis, who has had strong Republican and business backing, has shown crossover voter appeal in the past. Michael Smolens,, "Labor leader Kasparian hobbled by election results, union rift," 15 June 2018 Trump’s backing of Sunni and Israeli moves against Iran, in addition to his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, are encouraging a dangerous proxy war in the Middle East, where over 25,000 U.S. troops remain deployed. Brian Bennett, Time, "This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like," 14 June 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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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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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