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noun [countable] backdrop pronunciation in British English /ˈbækˌdrɒp/
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  1. 1
    everything that you can see behind the main thing you are looking at
    The lake and mountains provided a dazzling backdrop for the ceremony.
  2. 2
    the situation or place in which something happens
    Her new novel has 19th-century China as its backdrop.
    Negotiations were carried out against a backdrop of continued fighting.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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