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Background

Background appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Black background, brown background.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun background:

backclothbackdropdesktopscopesettingbackgroundground

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb background and its most common antonym:

foregroundbackground

The word background is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun background

What does background mean as a name of something?

Background is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: backgrounds

  1. a person's social heritage: previous experience or training
    • example: he is a lawyer with a sports background
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: heritage / inheritance = any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors
  2. the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
  3. information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
    • example: the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of background: background knowledge
    • more generic word: information = knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
  4. 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
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of background: background signal
    • more generic words: disturbance / interference / noise = electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
    • more specific terms:
  5. relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation
    • example: when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: accompaniment / attendant / co-occurrence / concomitant = an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
  6. the state of the environment in which a situation exists
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of background: scope / setting
    • more generic word: environment = the totality of surrounding conditions
    • more specific terms:
      • canvass / canvas = the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
      • show window / showcase = a setting in which something can be displayed to best effect
  7. (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
  8. scenery hung at back of stage
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of background: backcloth / backdrop
    • more generic words: scene / scenery = the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale

Alternative definition of the noun background

noun

  1. One's social heritage; what one did in the past/previously.
  2. A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.
  3. Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.
  4. A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground.)
  5. [computing] The image or color, over which a computer's desktop items are show (e.g. icons or application windows).
  6. [computing] Activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user

Definition of the verb background

What does background mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: backgrounded | backgrounding | backgrounds

  1. understate the importance or quality of

Alternative definition of the verb background

verb

  1. To put in a position that is not prominent

Films

  1. "Background" is a 1953 British domestic drama film dealing with the effects of divorce, directed by Daniel Birt and starring Valerie Hobson, Philip Friend and Norman Wooland. It was based on a stage play by Warren Chetham-Strode, who also wrote the screenplay for the film.
  2. "Background" is a 1973 American short documentary film directed by Carmen D'Avino. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Characters

  1. Background is a fictional film character.
  2. Background is a fictional character from the 2006 film The Break-Up.
  3. Background is a fictional character from the 2006 film Just My Luck.
  4. Background is a fictional character from the 2005 film Coach Carter.
  5. Background is a fictional character from the 2010 film The Chameleon.
  6. Background is a fictional character from the 2011 film The Dilemma.
  7. Background is a fictional character from the 2010 film Happythankyoumoreplease.

There are other characters with in their name, like Background Dancer.

Music

  1. "Background" was the first LP released by Lifetime. It was recorded in 1992 and was originally released on January 1, 1993, as New Age Records #15. The CD version was re-issued on July 1, 1997, with nine live bonus tracks.
  2. "Background" is a musical album of Bassi Maestro.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  3. "Background" is a composition.
  4. "Background" is a musical EP of Laura Palmer.
    • released on (8 years ago)

Business

Background is a record label.

Miscellanea

  1. Background a.k.a. Background process: A background process is a computer process that runs "behind the scenes" and without user intervention. Typical tasks for these processes include logging, system monitoring, scheduling, and user notification.
  2. Background: In astronomy, background commonly refers to the incoming light from an apparently empty part of the night sky.
  3. Background was a Canadian journalistic television series which aired on CBC Television from 1959 to 1962.
    • begun on (56 years ago)
    • country: Canada
  4. Background was a 1954 news series production by NBC News.
  5. Background: Existing conditions, especially those that would be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured.

Phrases with Background

Phrases starting with the word Background:

  1. background level
  2. Background music
  3. background noise
  4. background signal
  5. Background process
  6. background knowledge
  7. background radiation
  8. background processing

Phrases ending with the word Background:

  1. screen background
  2. cosmic microwave background

Other phrases containing the word Background:

  1. cosmic background radiation
  2. cosmic microwave background radiation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Background

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Google previewWords, Worlds, and Contexts (1981)

New Approaches in Word Semantics by Hans J. Eikmeyer, Hannes Rieser

A totally realistic conversational background is a function f which assigns sets of propositions to members of W such that for all we W: O f(w) = {w}. That is, f assigns to any world a set of propositions which characterize it in a unique way.

Google previewAstronomy Today, Volume 2, Stars and Galaxies (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology...

background: The cosmic microwave background is the thermal radiation left over from the 'Big Bang' of cosmology.

Google previewCosmic Perspective, The , Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology Media Update (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology...

Google previewAstronomy, Journey to the Cosmic Frontier (2016)

Astronomy, Astronomy by CTI Reviews

The cosmic microwave background is the thermal radiation left over from the 'Big Bang' of cosmology.

The Cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology because it is the ...

Google previewThe Cosmic Perspective (2016)

Astronomy, Astronomy by CTI Reviews

The cosmic microwave background is the thermal radiation left over from the 'Big Bang' of cosmology.

The Cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology because it is the ...

Google previewExplorations, An Introduction to Astronomy, Volume 2 Stars and Galaxies (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology...

background: The cosmic microwave background is the thermal radiation left over from the 'Big Bang' of cosmology.

Google previewCOL1 VL2 STARS GALAXIES (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology...

(the background) is completely dark. microwave background: The cosmic microwave background is the thermal radiation ...

Google previewExtragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology, An Introduction (2016)

Astronomy, Extragalactic astronomy by CTI Reviews

The cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology...

background: The cosmic microwave background is the thermal radiation left over from the 'Big Bang' of cosmology.

Google previewIntroduction to Astronomy (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The cosmic microwave background is the thermal radiation left over from the 'Big Bang' of cosmology.

The Cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology because it is the ...

Google previewAmerican Indian Higher Educational Experiences (2008)

Cultural Visions and Personal Journeys by Terry E. Huffman

Cultural background refers to an individual's place of rearing, family life, and exposure (or lack of exposure) to traditional...

Google previewASTRO2 (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The Cosmic microwave background is a cosmic background radiation that is fundamental to observational cosmology because it is the oldest light in the universe, dating to the epoch of recombination. With a traditional optical telescope, the ...

Google previewPainting Trees and Landscapes in Watercolor (2007)

by Ted Kautzky

house and smaller trees is the darkest value; and the mountain in the background is a simple silhouette of light value.

Google previewClassic Outdoor Color Portraits (2000)

A Guide for Photographers; It's Your Turn to Make a Portrait by Nancy Hopkins Reily

Background The background is the area furthest from the viewer or that which appears furthest from the viewer.

Google previewDictionary of New Testament Background (2010)

A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship by Craig A. Evans, Stanley E. Porter, Jr.

Keener's The IVP Bible Background Commentary on the New Testament (1993), which brings relevant data to bear on all of the New Testament writings, passage by passage. However , its ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Privacy: A-M (2007)

by William G. Staples

B Background checks Background checks are investigations into the character or history of an individual. They are performed by government and private-sector employers, by purchasers of corporations who are performing due diligence ...

Google preview“A” Dictionary of Photography (1858)

by Thomas Sutton

BACKGROUND. In taking portraits, it is generally necessary to place a background behind the sitter. This is made by stretching a sheet of canvas, previously wetted, on a deal frame, and painting it of an appropriate colour in distemper.

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Backward Castes (2004)

by M. L. Mathur

Background. The policy of reservation in India was quite firmly established during the times of the British rule itself but such a policy was aimed at minimising communal inequalities in the representation in public services rather than a social ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Women in South Asia: Pakistan (2004)

Background,. Geography. and. People. Location and Area Pakistan is located in south Asia and extends from the Arabian Sea to the Hindu Rush mountain ranges. Pakistan shares its total international boundary of 5,847 km (3,631 mi) with ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Movements (2002)

by Sanjay Paswan, Pramanshi Jaideva

Background. Origin of Caste and Untouchability Let us begin tracing the origin of caste by providing a general historical framework, which is supported by evidence available. The dominant view tracks down the origin of both caste and ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of North-East India (2006)

by T. Raatan

Background. and. Post-Merger. Achievements. in. Education. Plato, the first political philosopher has said that the "ultimate function of state is padagogic". This has become true in the state of Sikkim which has professed beyond expectation in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences (2004)

by Carrick Devine, M. Dikeman

Genetic Background Genetic Background Double muscling is an inherited condition that occurs in many cattle breeds. However, it is...

The locus was mapped to the DOUBLE-MUSCLED ANIMALS Introduction Genetic Background.

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Women in South Asia: Bhutan (2004)

Background,. Geography. and. People. Located between India and China, its 47,000 square kilometres of territory form a stigmatic stair-case between the narrow lowland region of the south approx. 300 metres above sea-level and the lofty ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Key Topics and Issues (2012)

Background. Employee benefit plans have evolved dramatically in the past fiftyyears,in...

Other factors Regulation ofEmployee Benefits History ofEmployee Benefits Trends inEmployee Benefits Flexible Benefits Background.

Google previewInstant encyclopaedia of geography (1993)

by Shatrughna Prasad Sinha

Background. to. Industrialization. in. the. Humid. Tropics. Studies on the humid tropics have hitherto paid for the most part scant attention to the development of industry in that vast region. Gourou (1968), for instance deals with the topic in a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Terminology for Educational Communications and Technology (2013)

by Rita C Richey

Background. Fifty years ago, in 1963, the first definition of the field of audiovisual communication was devised as a part of the Technological...

Preface Background.

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Creating the fictional background for a game world isn't significantly different from creating a background for fiction. (John M. Ford)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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