backup vs support what difference

what is difference between backup and support

English

Alternative forms

  • back-up

Etymology

back +‎ up

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbækˌʌp/

Noun

backup (plural backups)

  1. A reserve or substitute.
    If the goalkeeper is injured, we have a backup.
  2. (computing) 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.
    After the power failure, we had to restore the database from backup.
  3. An accumulation of material caused by a (partial) obstruction or (complete) blockage of the flow or movement of the material, or an accumulation of material that causes an overflow due to the flow being greater than the maximum possible flow.
    The accident caused a mile-long backup on the highway.
    The blockage caused a backup in the plumbing.
  4. (law enforcement) reinforcements
    He’s got a gun! You’d better send for backup.

Synonyms

  • (reserve): reserve, stand-in, spare, substitute
  • (computing: copy of a file or record):
  • (accumulation of material caused by an obstruction of flow): tailback, line (of cars)

Descendants

Translations

Adjective

backup (not comparable)

  1. Standby, reserve or extra.
    I am only a backup player.
  2. (computing) That is intended as a backup.
    Make a backup copy of that file.
  3. Supporting, reinforcing; (music) of or related to accompaniment

Usage notes

Back-up is an alternative spelling of backup. Both spellings are used as either a noun or an adjective. The verb back up is always spelled as two words and never with a hyphen.

Synonyms

  • (reserve): extra, reserve, spare, standby
  • (supporting): backing

Translations

Verb

backup (third-person singular simple present backups, present participle backupping, simple past and past participle backupped)

  1. Misspelling of back up.

Anagrams

  • upback

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from English backup.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /beˈkap/, /ˈbɛ.kap/

Noun

backup m (invariable)

  1. (computing) backup

Portuguese

Alternative forms

  • becape

Etymology

Borrowed from English backup.

Noun

backup m (plural backups)

  1. (computing) backup (copy of file or record)


English

Pronunciation

  • (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.

Verb

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
Translations

Etymology 2

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

Noun

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?)
Hyponyms
  • moral support
  • (military): combat support
Derived terms
  • support act
  • support group
Translations

French

Etymology

From the verb supporter.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sy.pɔʁ/

Noun

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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