Definitions of background

  1. scenery hung at back of stage Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a person's social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem; "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Ground in the rear; the space behind the principal group in a picture; the shade, where one is not noticed or seen; a situation little seen or noticed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. 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.
  20. 1. A task running in the background (abackground task) is detached from the terminal where it wasstarted (and often running at a lower priority); opposite offoreground. This means that the task's input and outputmust be from/to files (or other processes).Nowadays this term is primarily associated with Unix, but itappears to have been first used in this sense on OS/360.Compare amp off, batch, slopsucker.2. For a human to do a task "in the background" is todo it whenever foreground matters are not claiming yourundivided attention, and "to background" something means torelegate it to a lower priority. "For now, we'll just print alist of nodes and links; I'm working on the graph-printingproblem in the background." Note that this implies ongoingactivity but at a reduced level or in spare time, in contrastto mainstream "back burner" (which connotes benign neglectuntil some future resumption of activity). Some people preferto use the term for processing that they have queued up fortheir unconscious minds (often a fruitful tack to take uponencountering an obstacle in creative work). foldoc_fs
  21. The set of conditions within which an action takes place, including the social and physical conditions as well as the psychological states of the participants; as, within the background of the massive budget deficits of the 1980's, new spending programs had little chance of passage by the congress. dictgcide_fs
  22. The set of conditions that precede and affect an action, such as the social and historical precedents for the event, as well as the general background{5}; as, against the background of their expulsion by the Serbs, the desire of Kosovars for vengeance is understandable though regrettable. dictgcide_fs
  23. Electronic noise present in a system using electronic measuring instrument or in a telecommunications system, which may hide and which must be differentiated from the desired signal; also called background noise or noise. dictgcide_fs
  24. An agreement between a journalist and an interviewee that the name of the interviewee will not be quoted in any publication, although the substance of the remarks may be reported; often used in the phrase deep background. dictgcide_fs
  25. n. Ground in the rear or behind ;- a place of obscurity or shade ; a situation little noticed. Cabinet Dictionary