1. background - noun
· a person's social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background"
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"
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"
5. background - noun
· relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
6. background - noun
· the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting"
7. background - noun
· (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
8. background - noun
· scenery hung at back of stage
9. background - verb
· understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
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