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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The tape has an adhesive backing. The project has received financial backing from several investors.
Recent Examples on the Web Halevy, who has lived near Avondale Estates with her family for about 15 years, has the backing of three sitting commissioners: Steve Bradshaw, Jeff Rader and Gannon, the outgoing District 6 representative. Tyler Estep, ajc, "A closer look at the race for DeKalb Commission Super District 6," 28 May 2020 Four officers were fired a day after George Floyd's death, a stunning and swift move by the Minneapolis chief with the mayor's full backing. Amy Forliti, Anchorage Daily News, "Minneapolis police and protesters skirmish after death of handcuffed black man," 27 May 2020 Next steps: The Commission will need the backing of all member states and the European Parliament to advance the recovery plan. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Underinvestment risks oil price spike," 27 May 2020 Four police officers were fired a day after George Floyd's death, a remarkably swift move by the Minneapolis chief with the mayor's full backing. Amy Forliti And Jeff Baenen, The Christian Science Monitor, "Another Eric Garner? Minnesota cops fired for Floyd's death.," 27 May 2020 Cariloop’s backing now totals $8.2 million, CEO and co-founder Michael Walsh said. Ashton Nichols, Dallas News, "Dallas health tech company to double staff with $6 million investment," 26 May 2020 Its American pedigree and political backing left it well positioned to succeed in a country with a voracious appetite for private education. Theodore Ross, Harper's Magazine, "[Letter from Ho Chi Minh City]," 25 May 2020 That was days before Mr. Biden won the South Carolina primary, with the overwhelming backing of African-Americans, especially the older voters who have been his consistent supporters. Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times, "Biden’s ‘Breakfast Club’ Controversy Shows What His Rivals Already Knew," 23 May 2020 And the Shoals musicians’ backing was greasy simpatico. Matt Wake |, al, "Little Richard’s deep, slightly complicated Alabama roots," 20 May 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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1 Jun 2020

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“Backing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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