Definitions for background

Definitions for (noun) background

Main entry: backcloth, backdrop, background

Definition: scenery hung at back of stage

Main entry: background, desktop, screen background

Definition: (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear

Main entry: background

Definition: a person's social heritage: previous experience or training

Usage: he is a lawyer with a sports background

Main entry: background, background knowledge

Definition: information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem

Usage: the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident

Main entry: background, ground

Definition: the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

Usage: he posed her against a background of rolling hills

Main entry: background

Definition: relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation

Usage: when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background

Main entry: background, background signal

Definition: extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured

Usage: they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals

Main entry: setting, scope, background

Definition: the state of the environment in which a situation exists

Usage: you can't do that in a university setting

Definitions for (verb) background

Main entry: downplay, play down, background

Definition: understate the importance or quality of

Usage: he played down his royal ancestry

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