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[bak-drop] /ˈbækˌdrɒp/
Also called, especially British, back-cloth. Theater. the rear curtain of a stage setting.
the background of an event; setting.
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.
to provide a setting or background for:
A vast mountain range backdrops the broad expanse of lake.
Origin of backdrop
1910-15, Americanism; back1 + drop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for backdrop
  • 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.
  • These areas, which are also lively during the day, offer the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable evening.
  • It is against this backdrop that it is exceedingly difficult, if not exasperating, to contemplate the week that was.
  • The flash reflections on the droplet aren't as pleasing, and harsh shadows fall distractingly on the backdrop.
  • And the biggest implication is that it takes away this backdrop of time as a steady progression.
  • Against this backdrop, it is perhaps quite reasonable for people to find solace in familiar foods.
  • Captured by the photographer's flash, an unidentified fish takes center stage with a backdrop of a red vase sponge.
British Dictionary definitions for backdrop


another name for backcloth
the background to any scene or situation
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Word Origin and History for backdrop

1913, in U.S. theatrical argot, from back (adj.) + drop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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