a person's social heritage: previous experience or training
"he is a lawyer with a sports background"
the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
"he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
background, background knowledgenoun
information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
"the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"
background, background signalnoun
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"
relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation
"when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
setting, background, scopenoun
the state of the environment in which a situation exists
"you can't do that in a university setting"
background, desktop, screen backgroundnoun
(computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
backdrop, background, backclothverb
scenery hung at back of stage
background, play down, downplayverb
understate the importance or quality of
"he played down his royal ancestry"
One's social heritage; what one did in the past/previously.
The lawyer had a background in computer science.
A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.
Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.
A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground.)
The image or color, over which a computer's desktop items are show (e.g. icons or application windows).
Activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user
The antivirus program is running in the background.
To put in a position that is not prominent
ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front
the space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures
anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings
a place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[common] To do a task in background is to do it whenever foreground matters are not claiming your undivided attention, and to background something means to relegate it to a lower priority. “For now, we'll just print a list of nodes and links; I'm working on the graph-printing problem in background.” Note that this implies ongoing activity but at a reduced level or in spare time, in contrast to mainstream ‘back burner’ (which connotes benign neglect until some future resumption of activity). Some people prefer to use the term for processing that they have queued up for their unconscious minds (a tack that one can often fruitfully take upon encountering an obstacle in creative work). Compare amp off, slopsucker.Technically, a task running in background is detached from the terminal where it was started (and often running at a lower priority); oppose foreground. Nowadays this term is primarily associated with Unix, but it appears to have been first used in this sense on OS/360.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'background' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1709
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'background' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1685
Rank popularity for the word 'background' in Nouns Frequency: #678
The numerical value of background in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of background in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Throughout this process, I’ve been interviewed by the FBI, I’ve done a number of' background' calls directly with the The Senate, and yesterday, I answered questions under oath about every topic the senators and their counsel asked me, i’ve done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate.
Just imagine an astronaut hiking on Mars, and maybe Olympus Mons is rising in the background, shes checking her Google Maps Mars Edition to see where she is and chart a course to get where she needs to go.
We do not conduct background checks on any of our students. There is no provision in the law for that.
You have to ask yourself why an agent from the FBI would want to leave after 10 years, they obviously didn’t do any kind of due diligence with their background check.
I guess coming from an Olympic background I realize how lucky I am in the Olympic arena that it's actually very even, women and men have the same opportunities. Women and men are on the same level playing field. Women and men are trying to perform to that top level. But as soon as you try to step outside that Olympic arena, it's quite difficult. There is no pathway. Or I haven't found a way as yet, as a woman in sailing, to make that next step forward, and that is pretty hard.
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- заден план, фонBulgarian
- antecedents, bagatge, fonsCatalan, Valencian
- Hintergrund, SchreibtischhintergrundGerman
- segundo plano, fondo, antecedente, formaciónSpanish
- پسزمینه, پس زمینهPersian
- tausta, taustakuva, taustaväri, historia, taustatietoFinnish
- arrière-plan, histoire, passé, milieu, antécédents, historique, tâche de fond, en arrière-plan, fond, fond d'écranFrench
- cùl-fhiosrachadhScottish Gaelic
- խորք, նախագիտելիքArmenian
- secondo piano, formazione, retaggio, sfondo, istruzione, sottofondo, storia, bagaglio culturale, legato, antefatto, in sordinaItalian
- バックグラウンド, 背景Japanese
- 배경, 예비지식, 바탕색, 백그라운드Korean
- dalszy plan, kontekst, doświadczenie, drugi plan, tło, tapetaPolish
- plano de fundo, histórico, segundo plano, antecedente, fundo, experiência, instrução, formaçãoPortuguese
- бэкграунд, фон, предыстория, предпосылка, происхождение, задний план, подоплёка, контекст, образование, фоновый режим, подготовкаRussian
- pretpovijest, kontekstSerbo-Croatian
- bakgrund, bakgrundsbild, skrivbordsbakgrundSwedish
- پس منظر کےUrdu
- cơ sở, nền, hình nền, bối cảnhVietnamese
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