What does background mean?

Definitions for background
ˈbækˌgraʊndback·ground

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backgroundnoun

    a person's social heritage: previous experience or training

    "he is a lawyer with a sports background"

  2. background, groundnoun

    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, background knowledgenoun

    information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem

    "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"

  4. 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"

  5. backgroundnoun

    relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation

    "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"

  6. setting, background, scopenoun

    the state of the environment in which a situation exists

    "you can't do that in a university setting"

  7. background, desktop, screen backgroundnoun

    (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear

  8. backdrop, background, backclothverb

    scenery hung at back of stage

  9. background, play down, downplayverb

    understate the importance or quality of

    "he played down his royal ancestry"

Wiktionary

  1. backgroundnoun

    One's social heritage; what one did in the past/previously.

    The lawyer had a background in computer science.

  2. backgroundnoun

    A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.

  3. backgroundnoun

    Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.

  4. backgroundnoun

    A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground.)

  5. backgroundnoun

    The image or color, over which a computer's desktop items are show (e.g. icons or application windows).

  6. backgroundnoun

    Activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user

    The antivirus program is running in the background.

  7. backgroundverb

    To put in a position that is not prominent

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backgroundnoun

    ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front

  2. Backgroundnoun

    the space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures

  3. Backgroundnoun

    anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings

  4. Backgroundnoun

    a place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. background

    [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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'background' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1709

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'background' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1685

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'background' in Nouns Frequency: #678

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of background in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of background in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of background in a Sentence

  1. Brett Kavanaugh:

    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.

  2. Jill Seubert:

    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.

  3. Montgomery County Public Schools:

    We do not conduct background checks on any of our students. There is no provision in the law for that.

  4. Lou Reiter:

    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.

  5. Jo Aleh:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of background

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Translations for background

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  • خلفيةArabic
  • заден план, фонBulgarian
  • antecedents, bagatge, fonsCatalan, Valencian
  • pozadíCzech
  • baggrundDanish
  • 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
  • cúlraIrish
  • cùl-fhiosrachadhScottish Gaelic
  • רקעHebrew
  • háttérHungarian
  • 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
  • backgroundLatin
  • 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
  • geçmişTurkish
  • фонUkrainian
  • پس منظر کےUrdu
  • cơ sở, nền, hình nền, bối cảnhVietnamese
  • erî-planWalloon

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