Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a person's social heritage: previous experience or training
  2. (noun, cognition) the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
  3. (noun, cognition) information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
  4. (noun, event) extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured
  5. (noun, event) relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation
  6. (noun, state) the state of the environment in which a situation exists
  7. (noun, artifact) (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
  8. (noun, artifact) scenery hung at back of stage
  9. (verb, change) understate the importance or quality of

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Antonyms of Background


Origin of the word Background

  1. 1670s, from back (adj.) + ground; original sense was theatrical, later applied to painting. Figurative sense is first attested 1854. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Background

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