Definition of backing in English:


Syllabification: back·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈbakiNG


  • 1Support or help: he accepted the backing of the police group they had financial backing from local firms
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    • Their financial backing, supported by the Irish Sports Council, makes it one of the most exciting races in Europe.
    • All they needed was public support and financial backing.
    • However, she managed to find financial backing with the overwhelming support of friends.
    support, help, assistance, aid; approval, endorsement, sanction, blessingsponsorship, funding, patronage; money, investment, funds, finance; grant, contribution, subsidy
  • 1.1A layer of material that forms, protects, or strengthens the back of something: the fabric has a special backing for durability
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    • The backing or outer layer, the part furthest from the skin, is made of polyester film.
    • The rug backing is a strong material and craft knives must be used to make a clean cut.
    • Hanging from the beams are 'tangkas', paintings on canvas with a backing of silk cloth, which communicate to the lamas the divine teachings.
  • 1.2(Especially in popular music) the music or singing that accompanies the main singer or soloist: the trio provided backing to some of the most popular vocalists of the day [as modifier]: backing vocals
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    • His slicing guitars and sometimes terrifying backing vocals gave a depth that just can't be captured without him.
    • It certainly doesn't need the distraction of echoing backing vocals and the saccharine strings that it has to fight against throughout.
    • Her band of musicians also keep things rolling with a pleasant pop-soul vocal backing and occasionally fresh drum patterns.
    accompaniment; harmony, obbligato
  • 2 Phonetics The movement of the place of formation of a sound toward the back of the mouth.
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    • Short /a/ is a fairly low, central(ized) vowel, with fronting, backing, and rounding determined by environment.
    • /l/ has a strong backing effect on preceding vowels.
    • Vowel backing was measured by changes in second formant frequency (F2).

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