[ bak-ing ]
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  1. aid or support of any kind.

  2. supporters or backers collectively.

  1. something that forms the back or is placed at or attached to the back of anything to support, strengthen, or protect it.

  2. Theater. a curtain or flat placed behind a window, entrance, or other opening in a stage set to conceal the offstage area.

  3. material for backing a joist or rafter.

  4. a bevel given to the outer and upper edge of a hip rafter.

  5. the musical accompaniment for a soloist; backup.

Origin of backing

First recorded in 1590–1600; back1 + -ing1

Other words for backing

Words Nearby backing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use backing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for backing


/ (ˈbækɪŋ) /

  1. support given to a person, cause, or enterprise

  2. a body of supporters

  1. something that forms, protects, supports, or strengthens the back of something

  2. theatre a scenic cloth or flat placed behind a window, door, etc, in a set to mask the offstage space

  3. British musical accompaniment, esp for a pop singer

  4. the support in gold or precious metals for a country's issue of money in notes

  5. meteorol an anticlockwise change in wind direction

  6. Northern English a passageway running behind a row of terraced houses

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