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Definitions for foreground
ˈfɔrˌgraʊnd, ˈfoʊr-fore·ground

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreground(noun)

    the part of a scene that is near the viewer

  2. foreground(verb)

    (computer science) a window for an active application

  3. foreground, highlight, spotlight, play up(verb)

    move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

    "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"


  1. foreground(Noun)

    The elements of an image which lie closest to the picture plane.

  2. foreground(Noun)

    The subject of an image, often depicted at the bottom in a two-dimensional work.

  3. foreground(Noun)

    the application the user is currently interacting with; the application window that appears in front of all others.

  4. foreground(Verb)

    To place in the foreground (physically or metaphorically)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foreground(noun)

    on a painting, and sometimes in a bas-relief, mosaic picture, or the like, that part of the scene represented, which is nearest to the spectator, and therefore occupies the lowest part of the work of art itself. Cf. Distance, n., 6

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Foreground

    fōr′grownd, n. the part of a picture nearest the observer's eye, as opposed to the background or distance.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. foreground

    [Unix; common] To bring a task to the top of one's stack for immediate processing, and hackers often use it in this sense for non-computer tasks. “If your presentation is due next week, I guess I'd better foreground writing up the design document.”Technically, on a timesharing system, a task executing in foreground is one able to accept input from and return output to the user; oppose background. Nowadays this term is primarily associated with Unix, but it appears first to have been used in this sense on OS/360. Normally, there is only one foreground task per terminal (or terminal window); having multiple processes simultaneously reading the keyboard is a good way to lose.

How to pronounce foreground?

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How to say foreground in sign language?

  1. foreground


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foreground in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foreground in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of foreground in a Sentence

  1. Constantin Stanislavski:

    We have as many planes of speech as does a painting planes of perspective which create perspective in a phrase. The most important word stands out most vividly defined in the very foreground of the sound plane. Less important words create a series of deeper planes.

  2. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    Photographers often speak of subjects in the 'foreground' of a landscape scene. Has any famous photographer ever dared to venture to refer to a five, six or more 'grounds' in one of their developments?

  3. Adrian Hogan:

    Once I drew on the coffee cup, I filmed it and rotated the coffee cup at the same time, so you have the panorama of the background and the coffee cup in the foreground.

  4. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble:

    That is not in the foreground. What is in the foreground is what has been agreed last year must be implemented.

  5. Sachin Tendulkar:

    Any active sportsman has to be very focused; you've got to be in the right frame of mind. If your energy is diverted in various directions, you do not achieve the results. I need to know when to switch on and switch off: and the rest of the things happen around that. Cricket is in the foreground, the rest is in the background.

Images & Illustrations of foreground

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