Pronunciation: (bak'drop"), [key]
—n., v., -dropped or -dropt, -drop•ping.
1. Also called, esp. Brit., back-cloth. Theat.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.
to provide a setting or background for: A vast mountain range backdrops the broad expanse of lake.
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