Dictionary Results for background|
1. background - noun
· a person's social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background"
Hypernym(s): inheritance, heritage
2. background - noun
· the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
Hypernym(s): view, aspect, prospect, scene, vista, panorama
3. background - noun
· information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem; "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"
4. background - noun
· extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured; "they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"
Hypernym(s): noise, interference, disturbance
5. background - noun
· relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
Hypernym(s): accompaniment, concomitant, attendant, co-occurrence
6. background - noun
· the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting"
Synonym(s): setting, scope
7. background - noun
· (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
Synonym(s): desktop, screen_background
Hypernym(s): screen, CRT_screen
8. background - noun
· scenery hung at back of stage
Synonym(s): backdrop, backcloth
Hypernym(s): scenery, scene
9. background - verb
· understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
Synonym(s): play_down, downplay
Hypernym(s): stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuate
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