backing vs support what difference

what is difference between backing and support



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



  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /səˈpɔːt/, [səˈpʰɔːt]
  • (General American) IPA(key): /səˈpɔɹt/, [səˈpʰɔɹt], [səˈpʰoɹt]
  • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /səˈpo(ː)ɹt/
  • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /səˈpoət/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t
  • Hyphenation: sup‧port

Etymology 1

From Middle English supporten, from Old French supporter, from Latin supportō. Displaced Old English underwreþian and Old English fultum.


support (third-person singular simple present supports, present participle supporting, simple past and past participle supported)

  1. (transitive) To keep from falling.
    Synonyms: underprop, uphold, stut
  2. (transitive) To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
  3. (transitive) To back a cause, party, etc., mentally or with concrete aid.
    Antonym: oppose
  4. (transitive) To help, particularly financially.
  5. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
    • 1754, Jonathan Edwards, The Freedom of the Will
      to urge such arguments, as though they were sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy
  6. (transitive) To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset; to give support to.
  7. (transitive) To be designed (said of machinery, electronics, or computers, or their parts, accessories, peripherals, or programming) to function compatibly with or provide the capacity for.
  8. (transitive) To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
  9. (archaic) To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; to tolerate.
    • This fierce demeanour and his insolence / The patience of a god could not support.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      For a strong affection such moments are worth supporting, and they will end well; for your advocate is in your lover’s heart and speaks her own language []
  10. To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.
Derived terms
  • supportable
  • supported
  • supportive

Etymology 2

From Middle English support, from Anglo-Norman and Middle French support. Displaced Old English underwreþung.


support (countable and uncountable, plural supports)

  1. (sometimes attributive) Something which supports.
  2. Financial or other help.
  3. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
    Hyponyms: first-level support, second-level support, third-level support
  4. (mathematics) in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.
    Antonym: kernel
  5. (fuzzy set theory) A set whose elements are at least partially included in a given fuzzy set (i.e., whose grade of membership in that fuzzy set is strictly greater than zero).
  6. Evidence.
  7. (computing) Compatibility and functionality for a given product or feature.
  8. An actor playing a subordinate part with a star.
  9. An accompaniment in music.
  10. (gymnastics) Clipping of support position.
  11. (structural analysis) Horizontal, vertical or rotational support of structures: movable, hinged, fixed. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  • moral support
  • (military): combat support
Derived terms
  • support act
  • support group



From the verb supporter.


  • IPA(key): /sy.pɔʁ/


support m (plural supports)

  1. support
  2. base
  3. (heraldry) supporter

Further reading

  • “support” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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