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background

noun (n)

  • a person's social heritage: previous experience or training (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    He is a lawyer with a sports background.
    source: wordnet30
  • the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: ground
    Example:
    He posed her against a background of rolling hills.
    source: wordnet30
  • information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    The embassy filled him in on the background of the incident.
    source: wordnet30
  • extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured (noun.event)
    Example:
    They got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals.
    source: wordnet30
  • relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation (noun.event)
    Example:
    When the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background.
    source: wordnet30
  • the state of the environment in which a situation exists (noun.state)
    Synonym: scope, setting
    source: wordnet30
  • (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • scenery hung at back of stage (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: backcloth, backdrop
    source: wordnet30
  • Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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