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Definition 1: the act of providing approval and support - [noun denoting act]

Samples where backup or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives

Synonyms for backup in the sense of this definition

(backup is a kind of ...) the formal act of approving

"he gave the project his blessing" "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"

Definition 2: (computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where backup or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he made a backup in case the original was accidentally damaged or erased

Synonyms for backup in the sense of this definition

(backup is a kind of ...) a copy that corresponds to an original exactly

"he made a duplicate for the files"

(backup belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

Definition 3: a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for backup in the sense of this definition

(backup is a kind of ...) the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

"he tried to sing the tenor part"

(... is a kind of backup ) a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody

(... is a kind of backup ) an improvised musical accompaniment

Definition 4: someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult) - [noun denoting person]

Samples where backup or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes
  • we need extra employees for summer fill-ins

Synonyms for backup in the sense of this definition

(backup is a kind of ...) a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

(... is a kind of backup ) someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession

(... is a kind of backup ) a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts

"his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable"

(... is a kind of backup ) someone who takes the place of another person

Definition 5: an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage - [noun denoting process]

Samples where backup or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a traffic backup on the main street
  • he discovered a backup in the toilet

(backup is a kind of ...) an increase by natural growth or addition

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