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back·drop

 (băk′drŏp′)
n.
1. Something used as a background, especially:
a. A painted cloth hung at the back of a stage set.
b. A taut cloth suspended in a frame and used as a background against which to take a photograph.
c. An image, often painted or digitally created, used in cinematography as the background of a scene.
2. The setting, as of a historical event; the background.
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backdrop

(ˈbækˌdrɒp)
n
1. (Theatre) another name for backcloth
2. the background to any scene or situation
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back•drop

(ˈbækˌdrɒp)

n.
1. the rear curtain of a stage setting.
2. the background of an event; setting.
[1910–15, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backdrop - scenery hung at back of stagebackdrop - scenery hung at back of stage  
scenery, scene - the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"
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backdrop

noun environment, situation, circumstances, background, atmosphere The election will take place against a backdrop of increasing instability.
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