1. Also called, especially British, back-cloth. Theater. the rear curtain of a stage setting.
  2. the background of an event; setting.
  3. 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.

  1. to provide a setting or background for: A vast mountain range backdrops the broad expanse of lake.


  1. another name for backcloth
  2. the background to any scene or situation

1913, in U.S. theatrical argot, from back (adj.) + drop (n.).

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