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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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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Concerns persist over the future of Diego Costa, whose relationship with the club is fractured at best after the Spaniard refused to train with the side for a proposed lack of backing on their side following a ban. SI.com, "Atletico Confirm Signing of Striker Nico Ibanez From Mexican Side Atletico San Luis," 6 June 2019 There was less support for reducing environmental regulations to allow construction of more affordable housing, but even that idea had strong backing, with 47% in favor and 30% opposed. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Californians favor dramatic changes to build more housing, poll finds," 5 June 2019 In the longer term, the U.K. faces a loss of access to E.U. resources, including research institutions and financial backing, which nurture the health sector. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump Triggers a Health-Care Panic in the U.K., but Brexit Is the Real Threat," 5 June 2019 The paucity of scientific backing for charcoal’s claimed health benefits does not seem to have dampened enthusiasm in the marketplace. Laura Daily, The Seattle Times, "How charcoal escaped the grill and ended up in your bathroom," 12 Apr. 2019 Getting the backing of other allies (and future trading partners) might offer some reassurances to members of Parliament who are hesitant about supporting the plan. Jen Kirby, Vox, "EU to UK: take the Brexit deal or else," 30 Nov. 2018 Both real-time ray tracing and DLSS will debut with a solid backing, as made clear by Nvidia’s games partner announcement. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia GeForce RTX: Every game that supports real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling," 21 Aug. 2018 These options don't have all the bells and whistles of the QuickPlay Pro or the reviewer backing, but some are nearly half the cost. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "This 9-Person Folding Bench Will Be Every Soccer Family's BFF Come Game Day," 20 Aug. 2018 The three main factors of construction are: Density: As the name suggests, density refers to how many fibers are in a pile (the actual carpet, which is attached to a backing) and how tightly packed the fibers are. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019

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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 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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