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 In violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Libya, Turkey has increased its backing of the GNA. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Russian interference in Libya ‘morass’ concerns US Africa Command," 24 June 2020 His backing of slavery has prompted calls for the statue's removal from Marion Square for years. CBS News, "Charleston removing statue of staunch slavery advocate John C. Calhoun," 24 June 2020 Newly empowered and emboldened, with the backing of coaches and past prominent figures, Texas athletes appear to have a better chance at being heard and implementing change than at any point in the past. Nick Moyle,, "Texas’ Tom Herman ‘proud’ as players become more outspoken about social injustice," 23 June 2020 The revocation follows another high-profile turnabout for the Food and Drug administration when earlier this week the agency took away its backing for the emergency use of controversial anti-malarial drugs often touted by President Trump. Cristin Flanagan,, "FDA Reversal on Chembio Antibody Test Sends Stock Down 63%," 23 June 2020 In a 2018 interview, Gilbert said that about 95% of his company's mortgages are government or agency loans that have explicit government backing against default by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae or the Federal Housing Administration. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Quicken Loans IPO: Why it may need the cash and who gets rich," 20 June 2020 The bill has been pushed by advocates like Sheats for close to a decade but has never reached the governor’s desk for consideration, despite the backing of lawmakers like Singleton, who leads the Senate’s Community and Urban Affairs Committee. David Levinsky, USA TODAY, "Murphy endorses Burlington County lawmaker’s environmental justice measure," 20 June 2020 It was also produced on a small budget without major studio backing, and became the first indie web series to be nominated for an Emmy. Suyin Haynes, Time, "9 Moments That Show the Pain and Progress of Transgender Representation Onscreen," 19 June 2020 But the country was expecting to get US backing for Xavier, according to two people familiar with the matter. Ben Bartenstein,, "Trump uses Latin America split to boost ally to top bank job," 18 June 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Backing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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