Definitions of background

  1. information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem; "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The distant portion of the landscape; the portion of a picture farthest away from the spectator, or lying between or above the chief figures; the whole of a surface upon which patterns or designs are executed; that which is dimly seen because it is far away; a place obscure or out of sight; that which is back of something and against which it can be looked at or viewed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Ground at the back: a place of obscurity: the space behind the principal figures of a picture. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Ground in the rear; part of a picture which seems to extend behind the figures. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. The part of a picture which is represented as behind the principal objects; a subordinate position; obscurlty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Ground in the rear or behind; parts dimly seen; in a picture, the part behind and subordinate to the principal figures. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for background

  1. In the background of the portrait was a ship supposed to be bearing to America the news of the acknowledgment of Independence. – The Little Book of the Flag by Eva March Tappan
  2. And Lethway was now always in the background – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart