backdrop

[bak-drop]
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noun
  1. Also called, especially British, back-cloth. Theater. the rear curtain of a stage setting.
  2. the background of an event; setting.
  3. Gymnastics. a maneuver in which a trampolinist jumps in the air, lands on the back with the arms and legs pointed upward, and then springs up to a standing position.
verb (used with object), back·dropped or back·dropt, back·drop·ping.
  1. to provide a setting or background for: A vast mountain range backdrops the broad expanse of lake.

Origin of backdrop

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; back1 + drop
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Related Words for backdrop

scenery, scrim

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  • A low line of hills loomed beyond, painted of silver gray against the backdrop of starry sky and the pallor of moon mists.

    The Tyranny of Weakness

    Charles Neville Buck

  • The green-sloped, snow-capped Bernardinoes form a backdrop for the desert underneath.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • Eyes the size of Navy dirigibles, with pupils of deep cerulean blue, floating against the backdrop of the gray cumulus.

  • He recognized a backdrop he had seen thousands of times behind the announcer who introduced the news-casts.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

  • She was raised for the most-part in Maine, which forms a backdrop to much of her fiction.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin


British Dictionary definitions for backdrop

backdrop

noun
  1. another name for backcloth
  2. the background to any scene or situation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for backdrop
n.

1913, in U.S. theatrical argot, from back (adj.) + drop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper