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Noun: background  'bak,grawnd
  1. A person's social heritage: previous experience or training
    "he is a lawyer with a sports background"
     
  2. The part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
    "he posed her against a background of rolling hills";
    - ground, backdrop
     
  3. Information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
    "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident";
    - background knowledge
     
  4. Extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured
    "they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals";
    - background signal
     
  5. Relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation
    "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
     
  6. The state of the environment in which a situation exists
    "you can't do that in a university background";
    - setting, scope
     
  7. (computing) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
    - desktop, screen background
     
  8. Scenery hung at the back of a stage
    - backdrop, backcloth
     
  9. (computing) activity on a computer not requiring user input
Verb: background  'bak,grawnd
  1. Understate the importance or quality of
    - play down, downplay

Derived forms: backgrounded, backgrounding, backgrounds

Type of: accent, accentuate, accompaniment, aspect, attendant, concomitant, co-occurrence, CRT screen, disturbance, emphasise [Brit], emphasize, environment, heritage, information, inheritance, interference, noise, panorama, prospect, punctuate, scene, scenery, screen, stress, view, vista

Antonym: foreground

Encyclopedia: Background