For all your dictionary needs!
Spelling. Are you looking for Foregrounds, Homeground, or Preground?
Header of foreground


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 verb foreground:

Video footage: woman hand writing a checkmark focus on foreground
Play/pauseBuy footageFind more

Definition of the noun foreground

What does foreground mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: foregrounds

  1. the part of a scene that is near the viewer
  2. (computer science) a window for an active application
    • domain: computer science / computing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: window = a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen
    • part of: CRT screen / screen = the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube

Alternative definition of the noun foreground


  1. The elements of an image which lie closest to the picture plane.
  2. The subject of an image, often depicted at the bottom in a two-dimensional work.
  3. [computing] the application the user is currently interacting with; the application window that appears in front of all others.

Definition of the verb foreground

What does foreground mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: foregrounded | foregrounding | foregrounds

  1. move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for foreground

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

Google previewCritique as Uncertainty (2014)

by Ole Skovsmose

A spoiled foreground is a dramatic learning obstacle, and spoiling a foreground is a sociopolitical act.

education, students should be involved in meaning production, and each student's foreground is an essential resource for this production.

Google previewThe Art Journal (1860)

The foreground is a cornfield of some extent, bounded towards the right by a wooded eminence, while the left section is open, showing a succession of distances so happily expressive of taste, that when the eye is led to the veiled horizon it is ...

Google previewAround Selinsgrove (2008)

by Jim Campbell

The foreground is the southeast corner of Water and Pine Streets looking north. The brick building—severely damaged, but still standing—is the Methodist church. Completely lost in the blaze was Bergstresser's tannery to the left of the church.

Google previewA Book about the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (2015)

All the References from African Swallows to Zoot by Darl Larsen

In the immediate foreground is a skull, complete with a very obvious join where the skull was cut to access the brain, post mortem. This prop, then, is likely from a medical school or the like.

Google previewLinux Dictionary

by Binh Nguyen

html foreground A conceptual location in a ...

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

0, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4 Photoshop bases many of its drawing, painting and filter effects on two colors – the foreground and background colors. The currently selected foreground ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

Both forms and colors become more and more distinct in approaching the foreground; and effect of atmosphere and distance depends on careful study of these gradations. Even a tree, house, or man, a few hundred yards away, must show its ...

Google previewAdeline's Art Dictionary (1891)

Containing a Complete Index of All Terms Used in Art, Architecture, Heraldry, and Archæology by Jules Adeline

Foreground. (Paint.) That portion of a picture on which the objects ...

Google previewThe NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music (2006)

by Theodore Libbey

is tonal, the foreground ( trumpet and flutes) atonal; in Central Park in the Dark, the background is atonal, while familiar tunes occupy the foreground. O In the score to The Unanswered ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for foreground

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Photos about foreground

Click on an item to view that photo:


If you need related images for an article or a report, you can download stock photos:
Small photo of Crucifix (cross) on mount rigi in focus in the foreground with alps in the backgroundSmall photo of House at the top of mount rigi with a flag pole in the foreground and the alps in the backgroundSmall photo of Bathhouse on the coast of Romagna (Italy), with deckchairs in foreground and the background of the establishmentSmall photo of Cityscape of Detroit Michigan just after sunrise. Historical architecture, business buildings, apartments, skyscrapers and other structures in foreground. Background of open blue sky and clouds.Small photo of Paine Grande on the background, with a tree branch on the foreground of the lakeSmall photo of red roses on sunny sky background. Foreground defocusSmall photo of lemurs in the foreground lemurs in the foreground, part of a series More...

Video language resources about foreground

Click on an item to play that video:

See also the pronunciation examples of foreground!

Quotes about foreground

When I started making my own records, I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting the rest in the foreground. It was the background that interested me. (Brian Eno)
more quotes about foreground...

Scrabble value of F4O1R1E1G2R1O1U1N1D2

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Couldn't select: Got error 28 from storage engine