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 Despite the controversy over the 2020 election, Brodeur has the backing of many prominent local Republicans and Attorney General Ashley Moody. Orlando Sentinel, 29 July 2022 Hageman had the backing of 52 percent of participants, to Cheney's 30 percent. Harold Maass, The Week, 25 July 2022 Backed by fellow Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer, as well as a stellar backing band, Maines’ words flooded me with memories of the time it was released. Seth Combscontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2022 Moore beat out several high-profile Democrats, including Perez who as the former Democratic National Committee chair had the backing of top Democrats like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other Maryland state officials. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 23 July 2022 Michels is in a tight primary contest with Rebecca Kleefisch, who has the backing of Walker. Corrinne Hess, Journal Sentinel, 19 July 2022 The backing band for Mightmares features Blake Tallent and Ash Lopez. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 13 July 2022 Attendees can also submit an audition to take the stage for Brandi-oke, where Carlile as well as her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth serve as the backing band. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 13 July 2022 Maines’ groupmates Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer -- along with The Chicks’ large backing band – seemed laid back. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 28 June 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Backing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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