backup

back"up

, n. 1. anything kept in reserve to serve as a substitute in case of failure or unavailability of the normal or primary object; -- used for devices, plans, people, etc. Also used attributively; as, there was no backup for the electrical supply; a backup motor; a backup generator.
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2. (Music) a musician or group of musicians accompanying a soloist, whether vocalists or instrumentalists.
Syn. -- accompaniment. [PJC]

3. a person or group of persons serving as reinforcement for another or others; as, the policeman called for backup when he was fired on.
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4. an accumulation, overflow, or reverse flow (in traffic or a liquid flow system) caused by a stoppage or other malfunction.
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5. (Computers) A copy of a program or data from a computer onto a data-storage medium, usually one that may be removed to safe storage at a distance from the computer; it is used to preserve data for use in the contingency that the original data on the computer may be lost or become unusable. A backup that is removed from the building housing the computer system (to provide protection against loss of data in a disastrous event such as a fire) is called off-site backup. Also used attributively; as, backup copy.
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6. (Computers) The act or process of creating a backup{5}; as, they performed a full system backup every weekend.
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Back"ward

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Back"wards

(), } adv. [Back, adv. + -ward.] 1. With the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride backward.
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2. Toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms backward.
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3. On the back, or with the back downward.
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Thou wilt fall backward.
Shak.
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4. Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.
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Some reigns backward.
Locke.
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5. By way of reflection; reflexively. Sir J. Davies.
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6. From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.
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The work went backward.
Dryden.
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7. In a contrary or reverse manner, way, or direction; contrarily; as, to read backwards.
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We might have . . . beat them backward home.
Shak.
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