backdrop

[bak-drop]
noun
1.
Also called, especially British, back-cloth. Theater. the rear curtain of a stage setting.
2.
the background of an event; setting.
3.
Gymnastics. a maneuver in which a trampolinist jumps in the air, lands on the back with the arms and legs pointed upward, and then springs up to a standing position.
verb (used with object), backdropped or backdropt, backdropping.
4.
to provide a setting or background for: A vast mountain range backdrops the broad expanse of lake.

Origin:
1910–15, Americanism; back1 + drop

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backdrop (ˈbækˌdrɒp)
 
n
1.  another name for backcloth
2.  the background to any scene or situation

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backdrop
1913, in U.S. theatrical argot, from back + drop.
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Example sentences
The setting is also used as a backdrop for some incredibly large and gorgeous
  areas.
Set against the backdrop of the known universe, the history of our dear planet
  seems nearly irrelevant.
The lush landscape provides the perfect backdrop for camping, biking, fishing
  and other outdoor activities.
The crisp, clean large format portraits are elegantly shot using one light
  source and a gray backdrop.
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