backing vs mount what difference

what is difference between backing and mount



back +‎ -ing


  • IPA(key): /ˈbæk.ɪŋ(ɡ)/
  • Rhymes: -ækɪŋ


backing (countable and uncountable, plural backings)

  1. Support, especially financial.
    It’s a volunteer organization that works with backing from the city and a few grants.
  2. A liner or other material added behind or underneath.
    The cardboard backing gives the notebook a little extra stiffness.
  3. (television, film) A backdrop.
    • 2013, Gerald Millerson, TV Scenic Design (page 134)
      The simplest and cheapest answer is to introduce a scenic backing of some kind, a backdrop, a drape, some flats to restrict the shot and obscure whatever is outside.
  4. (music) Musicians and vocalists who support the main performer.
  5. The mounting of a horse or other animal.
  6. The action of putting something back; a switching into reverse.



backing (not comparable)

  1. (music) Providing support for the main performer.



  1. present participle of back


  • king cab



  • IPA(key): /maʊnt/
  • Rhymes: -aʊnt

Etymology 1

From Middle English mount, munt, from Old English munt, from Latin mons (a hill, mountain), from a root seen also in ēmineō (I project, I protrude) (English eminent). Doublet of mons.


mount (plural mounts)

  1. A hill or mountain.
  2. (palmistry) Any of seven fleshy prominences in the palm of the hand, taken to represent the influences of various heavenly bodies.
    the mount of Jupiter
  3. (obsolete) A bulwark for offence or defence; a mound.
  4. (obsolete) A bank; a fund.
  5. (heraldry) A green hillock in the base of a shield.
Usage notes

As with the names of rivers and lakes, the names of mountains are typically formed by adding the word before or after the unique term. Mount is used in situations where the word precedes the unique term: Mount Everest, Mount Rushmore, Mount Tai. Except in the misunderstood translation of foreign names (as with China’s Mount Hua), the terms used with mount will therefore usually be nouns: Mount Olympus but Rugged Mountain and Crowfoot Mountain. It thus corresponds to the earlier the mount or mountain of ~.

Mount is no longer used as a generic synonym for mountain except in poetry and other literary contexts. An example is the fossilized form within the phrase Sermon on the Mount.

  • (palmistry): mons (obsolete)
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English mounten, from Anglo-Norman mounter, from Old French monter, from Medieval Latin montare (to mount; literally, go up hill), from Latin mons (a hill, mountain); compare French monter.


mount (plural mounts)

  1. An animal, usually a horse, used to ride on, unlike a draught horse
    The rider climbed onto his mount.
  2. A mounting; an object on which another object is mounted.
    The post is the mount on which the mailbox is installed.
  3. (obsolete) A rider in a cavalry unit or division.
    The General said he has 2,000 mounts.
  4. A step or block to assist in mounting a horse.
  5. A signal for mounting a horse.


mount (third-person singular simple present mounts, present participle mounting, simple past and past participle mounted)

  1. (transitive) To get upon; to ascend; to climb.
    • Or shall we mount again the Rural Throne, / And rule the Country Kingdoms, once our own?
  2. (transitive) To place oneself on (a horse, a bicycle, etc.); to bestride.
  3. (transitive) To cause to mount; to put on horseback; to furnish with animals for riding.
    • to mount the Trojan troop
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To cause (something) to rise or ascend; to drive up; to raise; to elevate; to lift up.
  5. (obsolete, intransitive) To rise on high; to go up; to be upraised or uplifted; to tower aloft; to ascend; often with up.
    • 1656, Abraham Cowley, Davideis
      The fire of trees and houses mounts on high.
  6. (transitive) To attach (an object) to a support, backing, framework etc.
    • “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
  7. (transitive, computing) To attach (a drive or device) to the file system in order to make it available to the operating system.
    • 1998, Lincoln D. Stein, Web Security: A Step-by-step Reference Guide (page 377)
      Burn the contents of the staging area onto a writable CD-ROM, carry it over to the Web server, and mount it.
  8. (intransitive, sometimes with up) To increase in quantity or intensity.
  9. (obsolete) To attain in value; to amount (to).
  10. (transitive) To get on top of (an animal) to mate.
  11. (transitive) To have sexual intercourse with someone.
  12. (transitive) To begin (a campaign, military assault, etc.); to launch.
  13. (transitive, archaic) To deploy (cannon) for use.
  14. (transitive) To prepare and arrange the scenery, furniture, etc. for use in (a play or production).
  15. (cooking) To incorporate fat, especially butter, into (a dish, especially a sauce to finish it).
    Mount the sauce with one tablespoon of butter.
  • (to have sexual intercourse with someone): coitize, go to bed with, sleep with; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
  • dismount
  • demount
  • unmount

Related terms

  • amount
  • mountain
  • paramount
  • surmount

Further reading

  • mount in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • mount in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • mount at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • muton, notum

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • munt, mont, mounte, mownt


From Old English munt and Anglo-Norman mount, both from Latin mōns.


  • IPA(key): /muːnt/, /munt/


mount (plural mountes or mouns)

  1. A mountain; a mount or peak, especially the Alps.

Related terms

  • mountant
  • mounten
  • mountayne
  • mountuous
  • mounture


  • English: mount
  • Scots: munt


  • “mǒunt, n.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-08-08.

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