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  Definition of background
  1. scenery hung at back of stage
  2. (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
  3. a person''s social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background"
  4. information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem; "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"
  5. the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
  6. relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
  7. 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"
  8. the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can''t do that in a university setting"
  9. understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
Similar Words: backdrop, backcloth, desktop, screen background, background knowledge, ground, background signal, setting, scope, play down, downplay

 

Hyponyms: background noise, ground noise, background radiation, canvas, canvass, showcase, show window, wave off, soft-pedal

 

Derivational Morphology: play down, downplay

 

 
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