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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Examples of backing in a Sentence

The tape has an adhesive backing. The project has received financial backing from several investors.
Recent Examples on the Web Rhonda Wood got elected with the key backing of then-state Sen. Gilbert Baker, a former state GOP chairman who faces criminal charges for PAC activities in judicial races. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, 1 June 2021 Those Democratic victories relied on support from union laborers, a progressive rural farm tradition and backing in the state’s small and midsize metro areas. Thomas Beaumont, ajc, 1 June 2021 Those Democratic victories relied on support from union laborers, a progressive rural farm tradition and backing in the state's small and midsize metro areas. Thomas Beaumont, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 Research advocates, including those representing academic institutions, welcomed Biden’s backing of research. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, 1 June 2021 And with the Kremlin’s continued backing, the Belarusian leader may not be deterred by the Western measures, at least for now. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 During the 1991 Gulf War, when George H.W. Bush and his team organized a global coalition with United Nations backing that reversed Saddam Hussein’s conquest of Kuwait, humanity briefly glimpsed the shape of a better world. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 31 May 2021 An anti-Netanyahu alliance would most likely require outside backing by Arab members of Parliament who oppose much of Bennett's agenda. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 30 May 2021 Otherwise, Democrats would need the backing of at least 10 Republicans to overcome a legislative hurdle called a filibuster to bring the plan to a vote. Ryan Sparrow, USA Today, 30 May 2021

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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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4 Jun 2021

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“Backing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backing. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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