Definitions of background:
  • noun:   (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
  • noun:   a person's social heritage: previous experience or training
    Example: "He is a lawyer with a sports background"
  • noun:   information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
    Example: "The embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"
  • noun:   the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
    Example: "He posed her against a background of rolling hills"
  • noun:   relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation
    Example: "When the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
  • noun:   extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured
    Example: "They got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"
  • noun:   scenery hung at back of stage
  • noun:   the state of the environment in which a situation exists
  • verb:   understate the importance or quality of

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