- 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), back·dropped or back·dropt, back·drop·ping.
- to provide a setting or background for: A vast mountain range backdrops the broad expanse of lake.
- another name for backcloth
- the background to any scene or situation
1913, in U.S. theatrical argot, from back (adj.) + drop (n.).