• WordNet 3.6
    • n backup the act of providing approval and support "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"
    • n backup (computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device "he made a backup in case the original was accidentally damaged or erased"
    • n backup a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    • n backup someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult) "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes","we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
    • n backup an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage "a traffic backup on the main street","he discovered a backup in the toilet"
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In literature:

The stations with System 7 were programmed to switch over to a backup net in case of any problems.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
She was accessorized with a recording machine beside her and a backup tape recorder on the table.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
I caught her backstage at the Hall of the Presidents, tinkering with Lincoln II, the backup animatronic.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
BACKUP, the landlady of the House, came out of her sitting-room.
"Punchinello, Volume 2, No. 37, December 10, 1870" by Various
BACKUP and TEDDY for four hours, without finding out the first thing.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 39., Saturday, December 24, 1870." by Various
Her best bet, if they separated widely enough, was to take out one pair and the backup, then the remaining pair.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
Our leaders will troopse out impressive sounding "flow charts" and backup statistics.
"Sympathetic Magic" by Paul Cameron Brown
Now and then I just have a raw instinct that keeping a safety backup around is a good idea.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
That completed, work would begin on preparing the second device, which was going to serve as a backup.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
We can use it for the backup.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
She'd said it was an easy way to make a safety backup.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Then I got to the bottom, the one with backup data on the collection.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
I got the idea from old-time backup-tape loaders.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow

In news:

Taking advantage of an erratic effort by Miami backup Ray Lucas, the Bills came up with four interceptions, their first this season, and recovered two fumbles to beat the Dolphins 23-10.
If GM Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy are startig to comb through NFL rosters looking for a backup better than Graham Harrell, they're not going to find a lot.
Backup options not real exciting for fantasy owners.
Commenters on PoliceMag's coverage of the pistol expressed interest in the gun, but generally said it wouldn't be practical as a backup gun for officers.
"Unless it is extremely cheap, why would anyone consider this as a backup weapon or CC (concealed carry) weapon," M. Conner wrote on Oct 25, 2011.
Toshiba Unveils Pocket-Sized 1TB Backup Drives.
Jets quarterback Tim Tebow isn't always a backup to Mark Sanchez.
Eagles turn to backup once Michael Vick leaves with injury.
Nick Foles, the Philadelphia Eagles' backup quarterback, jogged into the game, a moment of high drama, and almost every fan at Lincoln Financial Field stood and cheered.
In the team's 52-year history, the most distinguished Jet (or Titan) to wear No 15 was Babe Parilli, a backup quarterback to Joe Namath.
Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Market Growth Surpasses Storage Software.
49ers backup QB Scott Tolzien is a quick study .
Chicago Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie is baffled by the criticism aimed at Jay Cutler, who left Sunday's NFC Championship because of a knee injury.
On Thursday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said he could consider using backup quarterback Tim Tebow as a running back.
Anthony Allen, Damien Berry not relinquishing backup RB competition.

In science:

The Advanced Photon Source (APS) primary and backup injectors consist of two thermionic-cathode rf guns.
The Advanced Photon Source Injector Test Stand Control System
The roots of statistical and bulk models grasp into the parton dynamics which in turn should have its backup from field theory.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
Spectroscopic backup to the program comes from the ground based Gemini, Magellan, VLT, Keck and MMT Obsevatory.
Accelerating Universe: Observational Status and Theoretical Implications
In the backup scenario, each triangle ring would have two downward sloping production regions, with the µ+ trains in one ring interleaved in time with the µ– trains in the other.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities
We will continue to examine this as a backup option. 10 The advantage of option 2 is that a single experiment can make use of the full beam intensity if the other detector site (or decay ring) is unavailable.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities
Data erasure tools can be valuable in protecting information on lost or stolen cell phones, PDAs, or laptops as long as data backup mechanisms are in place.
A Tiered Security System for Mobile Devices
Network-based security monitoring centers that erase data on mobile devices provide no option for backup or recovery before data is erased.
A Tiered Security System for Mobile Devices
Data availability is most reliably secured using backup mechanisms, and frequent, automated backup is its most dependable form.
A Tiered Security System for Mobile Devices
Then, the FFT can be considered as the first solution for distributed backup and content delivery of optimal code capacity, that can be deployed for networks upon thousand of terminals, with logarithmic encoding and decoding complexities.
FFT-based Network Coding For Peer-To-Peer Content Delivery
It is very important to have strong backup of the laboratories, and to develop task forces. A favorable time may very well be coming up for such electron-ion collider ideas.
Future Facilities Summary
Therefore, it is necessary to include “backup” or “monitoring” trigger for measuring the efficiencies of the more interesting triggers to be used for physics analysis.
Proceedings for TASI 2009 Summer School on "Physics of the Large and the Small": Introduction to the LHC experiments
This favourably impacts reliability, disaster recovery, backup and deployment etc.
Examining the Impact of Platform Properties on Quality Attributes
For instance, backup, disaster recovery, operability etc. are favourably impacted.
Examining the Impact of Platform Properties on Quality Attributes
This characteristic improves deployment, con figurability, operabi lity, backup etc.
Examining the Impact of Platform Properties on Quality Attributes
A backup PC also running Windows XP and known as PC2. This is used for monitoring weather from the non-dome sources of weather information and for a backup for PC1 should that computer develop a fault.
Software architecture for an unattended remotely controlled telescope