Crossword clues for backing
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Back \Back\ (b[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Backed (b[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Backing.]
To get upon the back of; to mount.
I will back him [a horse] straight.
To place or seat upon the back. [R.]
Great Jupiter, upon his eagle backed, Appeared to me.
To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
A garden . . . with a vineyard backed.
The chalk cliffs which back the beach.
To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend. ``The Parliament would be backed by the people.''
Have still found it necessary to back and fortify their laws with rewards and punishments.
The mate backed the captain manfully.
To bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse.
To back an anchor (Naut.), to lay down a small anchor ahead of a large one, the cable of the small one being fastened to the crown of the large one.
To back the field, in horse racing, to bet against a particular horse or horses, that some one of all the other horses, collectively designated ``the field'', will win.
To back the oars, to row backward with the oars.
To back a rope, to put on a preventer.
To back the sails, to arrange them so as to cause the ship to move astern.
To back up, to support; to sustain; as, to back up one's friends.
To back a warrant (Law), is for a justice of the peace, in the county where the warrant is to be executed, to sign or indorse a warrant, issued in another county, to apprehend an offender.
To back water (Naut.), to reverse the action of the oars, paddles, or propeller, so as to force the boat or ship backward.
Backing \Back"ing\, n.
The act of moving backward, or of putting or moving anything backward.
That which is behind, and forms the back of, anything, usually giving strength or stability.
Support or aid given to a person or cause.
(Bookbinding) The preparation of the back of a book with glue, etc., before putting on the cover.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1590s, "support;" 1640s, "retreat;" verbal noun from back (v.). Physical sense of "anything forming a backing to something else" is from 1793. Meaning "musical accompaniment" is recorded from 1940.
(context music English) That which provides support for the main performer n. 1 support, especially financial. 2 A liner or other material added behind or underneath. 3 (context music English) musician and vocalists who support the main performer v
(present participle of back English)
something forming a back that is added for strengthening [syn: mount]
Usage examples of "backing".
Backing away quietly, so Amparo would not hear her, Megan turned and ran out the back door.
They swung her round, backing water frantically, and let the currents and tides bob her closer and closer Enj called something out in Dwarvish, slung his pack on board, and jumped down after it before the anchorman could throw him the rope.
And there was no sight in twenty-first century Africa like the two ankylosaurs who now began to mate, backing their rear ends together with the most exquisite care.
When he looked around Apolline was backing away from him, only her powdered face visible.
The heavy arhythmia of her breathing mixed with the low sounds of his sure motions as he lit the candle beside her bed and then lit the wall sconces with their brilliant mirror backing.
Now Barnett realized that there was no longer any way to prevent or delay the inevitable: James Meredith was coming into the university with the might of the federal government backing him up.
Backing over and over, the Argives gave ground, seeing the lord of battles lead the Trojan onset.
I have extracted from the seamless web of the life of my chicks, pecking or avoiding beads, shaking their heads or backing away, peeping and twittering, are abstract generalizations that I have drawn from many hundreds of thousands of individual acts by individual birds that I have observed.
The windows on the other side of the shanty enabled him to see that there were two rows of berths, each backing against the other.
Although Freud has been famously charged with backing away from the cultural implications of this theory, when he proposed the Oedipus complex and thereby transferred the libidinal activity from the parents to the children, we still find the etiology thesis alive and well in contemporary thinking about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, as evidenced in the work of Judith Herman and Bessel van der Kolk.
Lordsmen to back up the ceboid officers who in turn were backing the whipping neuters.
Months into the battles over the co-generation deals, Fastow showed no sign of backing off.
And in our Island here, I have five hundred thousand million separate power plants, each generating at the rate of decillions of ergs a second, backing this ship.
Without official backing, he had come to realize, no one got anywhere with Nazi files in Germany.
To his right he saw Jak holding Emma by one hand, a short-bladed throwing knife in the other, backing away in front of a stout ghoulie armed with a cleaver tied to a broomstick.