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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a backup file (=a copy of a file, which is made in case the original becomes lost or damaged)
▪ You can burn your backup file to CD or DVD.
incremental backup
▪ These allow the user to delete and rename files or make a backup copy.
▪ Make backup copies of your data, and lock them away.
▪ Take a backup copy of the file to be converted.
▪ Unlike some other word-processing programs, WordPerfect does not automatically make backup copies of edited documents.
▪ In the event of a failure during conversion, the backup copy may be restored.
▪ Alternatively, your program may automatically create a backup copy that you can call up.
▪ Until this season, Gilbert, a backup quarterback, had been on five straight Super Bowl teams.
▪ The Carolina Panthers were playing with a backup quarterback.
▪ The Seahawks anticipated that when they signed Warren Moon as a backup quarterback in the offseason.
▪ Problem with tape backup system will necessitate switching two Model 30s between Finance and Computer Room.
▪ First, no technology is foolproof, especially electronic technology; we still need very old-fashioned backup systems.
▪ This analysis itself is composed of a primary and backup system, and uses sign stimuli and very simple processing.
▪ The 737 rudder is unusually complicated, with numerous valves and backup systems.
▪ By 1989, sewer workers stopped using it and relied on a less effective backup system to provide secondary treatment.
▪ These allow the user to delete and rename files or make a backup copy.
▪ Back up your data. Make backup copies of your data, and lock them away.
▪ Before starting make a backup of any important files - just to be on the safe side.
▪ Unlike some other word-processing programs, WordPerfect does not automatically make backup copies of edited documents.
▪ From his present position, Larsen would be better placed to keep a lookout for trouble and provide backup.
▪ Several police cars provided backup for the officers.
▪ A good backup team might help as well!
▪ But he had a backup plan; you had to if you came this far.
▪ His father and Mr Abrey fill in as relief drivers and backup.
▪ His top backup, Donovan Ricketts, is also out with a pelvic injury.
▪ Standard brakes include power, vented front discs and rear drums with anti-lock backup.
▪ These allow the user to delete and rename files or make a backup copy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

backup \back"up\, n.

  1. anything kept in reserve to serve as a substitute in case of failure or unavailability of the normal or primary object; -- used for devices, plans, people, etc. Also used attributively; as, there was no backup for the electrical supply; a backup motor; a backup generator.

  2. (Music) a musician or group of musicians accompanying a soloist, whether vocalists or instrumentalists.

    Syn: accompaniment. [PJC]

  3. a person or group of persons serving as reinforcement for another or others; as, the policeman called for backup when he was fired on.

  4. an accumulation, overflow, or reverse flow (in traffic or a liquid flow system) caused by a stoppage or other malfunction.

  5. (Computers) A copy of a program or data from a computer onto a data-storage medium, usually one that may be removed to safe storage at a distance from the computer; it is used to preserve data for use in the contingency that the original data on the computer may be lost or become unusable. A backup that is removed from the building housing the computer system (to provide protection against loss of data in a disastrous event such as a fire) is called off-site backup. Also used attributively; as, backup copy.

  6. (Computers) The act or process of creating a backup[5]; as, they performed a full system backup every weekend.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see back up.


a. 1 standby, reserve or extra. 2 (context computing English) That is intended as a backup. n. 1 A reserve or substitute. 2 (context computing English) A copy of a file or record, stored separately from the original, that can be used to recover the original if it is destroyed or damaged. 3 An accumulation of material that halts the flow or movement of something. 4 (context law enforcement English) reinforcements

  1. n. an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage; "a traffic backup on the main street"; "he discovered a backup in the toilet"

  2. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins" [syn: stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup man, fill-in]

  3. a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts [syn: accompaniment, musical accompaniment, support]

  4. (computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device; "he made a backup in case the original was accidentally damaged or erased" [syn: computer backup]

  5. the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives" [syn: backing, championship, patronage]

Backup (software)

Backup is a backup utility made by Apple for Mac OS X. It is available through Apple's MobileMe (formerly .Mac) collection of Internet services. Backup can be used in connection with either a user's online MobileMe iDisk or the Macintosh's CD-RW or DVD-R drive to make safe, archival copies of critical files and folders.

Backup (disambiguation)

Backup is the computing function of making copies of data to enable recovery from data loss.

Backup may also refer to:

Backup (TV series)

Backup is a BBC crime drama series, focusing on the work of a police Operational Support Unit, similar to the Territorial Support Group. Created by Nigel McCrery and Roy Mitchell, who famous co-created Silent Witness and New Tricks, the series ran for a total of fourteen episodes across two series, between 1995 and 1997. Martin Troakes, Christopher John Hall and Nick Miles star as the main protagonists of the series, Bill Parkin, Eric Warren and John Barrett. A third series of the show was not commissioned due to declining viewing figures.


In information technology, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event. The verb form is to back up in two words, whereas the noun is backup.

Backups have two distinct purposes. The primary purpose is to recover data after its loss, be it by data deletion or corruption. Data loss can be a common experience of computer users; a 2008 survey found that 66% of respondents had lost files on their home PC. The secondary purpose of backups is to recover data from an earlier time, according to a user-defined data retention policy, typically configured within a backup application for how long copies of data are required. Though backups represent a simple form of disaster recovery, and should be part of any disaster recovery plan, backups by themselves should not be considered a complete disaster recovery plan. One reason for this is that not all backup systems are able to reconstitute a computer system or other complex configuration such as a computer cluster, active directory server, or database server by simply restoring data from a backup.

Since a backup system contains at least one copy of all data considered worth saving, the data storage requirements can be significant. Organizing this storage space and managing the backup process can be a complicated undertaking. A data repository model may be used to provide structure to the storage. Nowadays, there are many different types of data storage devices that are useful for making backups. There are also many different ways in which these devices can be arranged to provide geographic redundancy, data security, and portability.

Before data are sent to their storage locations, they are selected, extracted, and manipulated. Many different techniques have been developed to optimize the backup procedure. These include optimizations for dealing with open files and live data sources as well as compression, encryption, and de-duplication, among others. Every backup scheme should include dry runs that validate the reliability of the data being backed up. It is important to recognize the limitations and human factors involved in any backup scheme.

BACKUP (DOS command)
  1. redirect List of DOS commands#BACKUP

Category:External DOS commands

Usage examples of "backup".

Being from Bollywood, Sanjay never went anywhere in life without a posse of backup dancers.

I shake my traveling risers loose from my full-body harness, slide my hands over the crowded gear sling that we call a rack, find the two-bearing pulley by feel, clip it on to the riser ring with a carabiner, run a Munter hitch into a second carabiner as a friction-brake backup to the pulley brake, find my best offset-D carabiner and use it to clip the pulley flanges together around the cable, and then run my safety line through the first two carabiners while tying a short prusik sling onto the rope, finally clipping that on to my chest harness below the risers.

Furthermore, even if we wait three years, some of the older backup cores would be uninfected.

Norway was in the hands of the so-called South Varanger Garrison, with a reserve force, the Finnmark Brigade, to provide rapid backup in case of trouble.

George R should have messaged backup, confirmed availability, then let Hideo know he was off the hooka total of three keystrokes.

Lance bit back a smile as he watched a look of intense concentration cross her face as she put the bus in reverse, the backup warning chime beep-beep-beeping.

Hooker would be led by some of the Diaspran veterans, under the command of Krindi Fain, with the human Marinesled by Gunny Jinas emergency backup.

With formalities smoothed by the mention of Herbie Mossman, he had bought himself the usual Yasha 7 plus the backup of a nine millimeter automatic and, as an afterthought, a shoulder holster.

Pieces of the backup warp-drive were all over the floor, or hovering on placeholders, and Scotty was thundering around among his engineering ensigns, shouting at them.

Some researchers contended that memories of specific events were redundantly stored in several or lots of places in the network, or in a primary place with what amounted to backup.

She had wanted to sing backup for somebody like Bob Seger, but it was really hard getting a gig in this town.

Knowing the way such people operated, Samurai guessed that there would be a backup group here in Semipalatinsk as well.

The rule book call would be for her to radio for backup, since the man in the leather coat, Luther Slyke, was a predicate felon, known to be dangerous and more than likely heavily armed.

While I could subdue him with my superduper strength, I wanted some backup in case he whipped out a weapon of his own.

Jurgen noticed for the first time that Tipton had his backup pistol in his left hand.