backdrop








noun

  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.

noun

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

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

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