backup

See also: back-up and back up

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

back +‎ up

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

backup (plural backups)

  1. A reserve or substitute.
    If the goalkeeper is injured, we have a backup.
  2. (computing) A copy of a file or record, stored separately from the original, that can be used to recover the original if it is destroyed or damaged.
    After the power failure, we had to restore the database from backup.
  3. An accumulation of material that halts the flow or movement of something.
    The blockage caused a backup in the plumbing.
  4. (law enforcement) reinforcements
    He's got a gun - you better send for backup.

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AdjectiveEdit

backup (not comparable)

  1. Standby, reserve or extra.
    I am only a backup player.
  2. (computing) That is intended as a backup.
    Make a backup copy of that file.

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Usage notesEdit

Back-up is an alternative spelling of backup. Both spellings are used as either a noun or an adjective. The verb back up is always spelled as two words and never with a hyphen.

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English

NounEdit

backup m (invariable)

  1. (computing) backup

PortugueseEdit

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NounEdit

backup m (plural backups)

  1. (computing) backup (copy of file or record)
Last modified on 24 March 2014, at 19:31