Definition of backing in English:

backing

noun

  • 1Help or support:

    ‘the foreign secretary won the backing of opposition parties’
    • ‘She said she was not hugely disadvantaged by not having the financial backing of a large party.’
    • ‘With no real capital to speak of, the bookshop launched itself as a publisher primarily with the financial backing of a local pearl merchant.’
    • ‘However, she managed to find financial backing with the overwhelming support of friends.’
    • ‘Reports suggest that the rebel forces have received popular support and financial backing in the northern region.’
    • ‘He is seeking financial backing to help re-launch the theatre in his hometown.’
    • ‘Supporters have received financial backing and spin doctors' advice from America.’
    • ‘All they needed was public support and financial backing.’
    • ‘The proposals are likely to win the support of Parliament because of the expected backing by right-wing parties.’
    • ‘Your support and backing was a great boost to everyone involved.’
    • ‘We believe with the enormous amount of backing and support generated so far, the initiative cannot fail.’
    • ‘I would say because he will enjoy support and backing from the US he might get some assistance and he will have an easy time working with Washington.’
    • ‘We already have significant financial backing in place, but need further support from the people and businesses of York.’
    • ‘No one can be elected president under the existing political structure without the financial backing - and political approval - of this ruling elite.’
    • ‘They have a stadium full of passionate, vociferous supporters whose legendary backing often reduced opposition players from star performers to schoolboy trialists.’
    • ‘Spear is now appealing for financial backing from local businesses.’
    • ‘The plan received backing from the Foreign Office minister, who said there is already an Executive presence in the Paris embassy and he hopes the practice can spread.’
    • ‘Their financial backing, supported by the Irish Sports Council, makes it one of the most exciting races in Europe.’
    • ‘This includes moral support, as well as, financial and administrative backing.’
    • ‘The idea crystallised after she met her future web designer at a party and found financial backing.’
    • ‘Her campaigning has gathered much support, including backing from farming families.’
    support, help, assistance, cooperation, aid
    sponsorship, funding, financing, promotion, patronage
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    1. 1.1 A layer of material that forms, protects, or strengthens the back of something:
      ‘the flooring has a cork base with jute backing’
      [count noun] ‘the fabric has a special backing for durability’
      • ‘For those wishing to maintain a clutter-free interior, you can install walls or ceilings with a backing of acoustically absorbent material similar to that used in concert halls.’
      • ‘Do not push the tablet through the foil backing of the package.’
      • ‘I don't even use fluffy bathroom mats because the rubber backing is hard to keep clean.’
      • ‘The glues are used to bond carpet to its backing.’
      • ‘The lowest cost resilient floor option is composition tile, which consists of a vinyl surface with separate backing.’
      • ‘Velvet's silk backing is very delicate; don't overheat it or leave the Fiber-Etch ® on longer than necessary.’
      • ‘Hanging from the beams are 'tangkas', paintings on canvas with a backing of silk cloth, which communicate to the lamas the divine teachings.’
      • ‘In addition to the mousepad itself, they also give you two strips of Teflon with adhesive backing known as Padsurfers.’
      • ‘This is important, because you will save this piece and replace it once the wood backing is installed.’
      • ‘The backing or outer layer, the part furthest from the skin, is made of polyester film.’
      • ‘The product is presented in a glass mounted frame with an appropriate felt backing of your choice.’
      • ‘Having become expert on depositing metal solutions onto plastic backing, he invented recording tape.’
      • ‘Jute backing is very similar to a potato sack, so you can guess how that would hold up to moisture.’
      • ‘Once the card and backing are assembled, the foil is visible through spaces left by the cutwork of each design from the inside of the card.’
      • ‘Because of its clear plastic backing, workers can easily see areas that are dry, and wet those areas by moving water under the blanket.’
      • ‘The shade and backing material must be perfectly square so the shade will hang evenly.’
      • ‘The flexibility and adhesive backing of the sheets allow them to be applied to a large variety of targets.’
      • ‘An adhesive pressure-sensitive backing holds the grips in place.’
      • ‘The rug backing is a strong material and craft knives must be used to make a clean cut.’
      • ‘A properly tensioned bar tape doesn't need adhesive backing, which just gums up the handlebar when you finally replace it.’
      lining, interlining, facing, underlay, reinforcement
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    2. 1.2 (especially in popular music) the musical or vocal accompaniment to the main singer or soloist:
      ‘the trio provided backing’
      [as modifier] ‘a backing group’
      • ‘On this album he experiments with honky tonk rhythms, string arrangements, and sassy backing vocals.’
      • ‘He tends to bathe his voice with wispy background vocals, an effect that, when matched with his instrumental backing, gives his songs a slightly ethereal feel.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, the music is simply beautiful, filled with emotion-packed vocals, lush backing harmonies, and rich sonic textures.’
      • ‘I went round there last night, ostensibly to add some backing vocals to his very sloppy band - the tunes are amazing though.’
      • ‘The musical backing, though, is what elevates the song to a higher plane.’
      • ‘The musical backing is similarly bare of affectation and broken down to a number of small elements, pushed to the limits of their effectiveness.’
      • ‘It is the sound that helped bring in the track, and provided the rhythmic backing for most of the proceedings.’
      • ‘Never falling far from his firmly planted roots - his wife, daughter, father and four siblings provide the music and backing vocals on the record.’
      • ‘The clever use of backing vocals, for example, magnifies the humour value of the main lyric as well as comprising a catchy tune.’
      • ‘The scary thing about these vocal tracks is how negligibly different their musical backing is from the infinitely more enjoyable instrumentals.’
      • ‘As always, a well-known band will provide musical backing for the group.’
      • ‘They know that those backing vocals are irresistible.’
      • ‘All tracks are recorded with a full orchestra and backing singers.’
      • ‘However, the raw emotion in the vocals and the simplistic backing draws your attention and forces you to give the lyrics a chance to shine.’
      • ‘Her band of musicians also keep things rolling with a pleasant pop-soul vocal backing and occasionally fresh drum patterns.’
      • ‘His slicing guitars and sometimes terrifying backing vocals gave a depth that just can't be captured without him.’
      • ‘It doesn't help that the musical backing is a five-minute drone of grating computerized noise.’
      • ‘Musical backing is kept low key with touches of strings, brass and brooding electronica, never overshadowing Jane's fragile but emotive vocals.’
      • ‘It certainly doesn't need the distraction of echoing backing vocals and the saccharine strings that it has to fight against throughout.’
      • ‘With an organ providing a solid backing for the song, trombones and melodicas weave interlacing melodies.’
      musical accompaniment, orchestration
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  • 2Phonetics
    The movement of the place of formation of a sound towards the back of the mouth.

    • ‘Vowel backing was measured by changes in second formant frequency (F2).’
    • ‘Short /a/ is a fairly low, central(ized) vowel, with fronting, backing, and rounding determined by environment.’
    • ‘The backing of other articulatory sounds responded well to speech therapy and/or normal development with increasing age.’
    • ‘/l/ has a strong backing effect on preceding vowels.’
    • ‘There is regional variation in Canadian English vowel backing.’

Pronunciation:

backing

/ˈbakɪŋ/