backup vs back up : Common Errors in English

About backup vs back up

To “back up” is an activity; “back up your computer regularly”; “back up the truck to the garden plot and unload the compost.”A “backup” is a thing: “keep your backup copies in a safe place.” Other examples: a traffic backup, sewage backup, backup plan, backup forces.Older writers often hyphenated this latter form (“back-up”), but this is now rare.

backup Meaning(s)

  • (n) an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage
  • (n) someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
  • (n) a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
  • (n) (computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device
  • (n) the act of providing approval and support

back up Meaning(s)

  • (v) give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
  • (v) move backwards from a certain position
  • (v) establish as valid or genuine
  • (v) make a copy of (a computer file) especially for storage in another place as a security copy
  • (v) become or cause to become obstructed

backup in News

  1. Wireless Backup Camera System for Horse Trailers

    Wi Vid Wireless Video Cameras, a worldwide supplier of wireless video transmitters and receivers, has just released its new Wireless Backup Camera System for Horse Trailers. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Eight Secrets Most Backup Vendors Don't Want you to Know

    by Dr. Mark Campbell Every industry has its secrets, and the backup market is no different. While widely known within the industry itself, many backup providers do a great job of keeping these secrets from current and prospective customers. But today’s increasingly agile, complex and heterogeneous data centers have made data protection a challenge for many companies, and the last thing they need ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Computer Technology Review

  3. NetJapan, Inc., Introduces vmGuardian™, a Feature Packed Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution for VMware ESXi Virtual ...

    NetJapan, Inc., introduces vmGuardian backup and disaster recovery software for VMware ESXi virtual environments. vmGuardian brings high-performance and uncompromised protection to
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

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