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1. The experiences of a character or the circumstances of an event that occur before the action or narrative of a literary, cinematic, or dramatic work: At rehearsal, the actors developed backstories for their characters.
2. The set of background conditions and events leading to a real-life situation.
3. A prequel.


n, pl -ries
(Film) the events which take place before, and which help to bring about, the events portrayed in a film


(ˈbækˌstɔr i, -ˌstoʊr i)
n., pl. -ries.
the background of a real or fictional story or situation; prior circumstances or events.
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Through a unified approach that will leverage Chronicle's Backstory platform and Siemens' strength in industrial cyber security, the combined offering gives energy customers unparalleled visibility across information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to provide operational insights and confidentially act on threats.
Summary: ESET has announced it has partnered with Chronicle, an Alphabet company, to provide essential validation on security incidents and alerts within Backstory, Chronicle's global cloud service.
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-- The most distinguishing feature of Jamie Adams' new ale isn't its hoppy bite but its compelling backstory -- brewed from yeast in bottles of beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years.
The tool, called Backstory, is a global security telemetry platform, developed by Chronicle, a spin-off of X - the moonshot factory owned by Google's parent Alphabet.
With it humour, dark backstory, epic sets and Jim Carrey giving another memorably zany performances, it has cemented itself as a fixture of the festive season when it comes to watch Christmas movies.
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However, it didn't quite have the backstory many expected.
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As fans wait for more details about the next season, cast member Carrie Preston previously said that she would like to know more about the girls' individual backstory in the show's sophomore run.