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Definition of Background

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pertaining to a setting, pertaining to a surrounding environment
setting; environment in which various actions are performed in addition to the main application being operated by a computer (Computers)
Background Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind
A set of nonrepresentational capacities that enable all representing to take place. The Background includes biological and cultural capacities, skills, stances, assumptions and presuppositions. Introduced in Searle (1978). See also intentionality , intention-in-action, implicit memory , tacit knowledge . <Discussion > <References > Daniel Barbiero
Background Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures.
  
(n.)
Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front.
  
(n.)
Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings.
  
(n.)
A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight.
  
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background
\back"ground`\ (&?;), n. [back, a. + ground.]
1. ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front.
2. (paint.) the space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures.
note: the distance in a picture is usually divided into foreground, middle distance, and background.
3. anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings.
4. a place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight. i fancy there was a background of grinding and waiting before miss torry could produce this highly finished performance. alexander. a husband somewhere in the background.
background
n
1. a person's social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background"
2. the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills" [syn: ground]


3. information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem; "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident" [syn: background knowledge]


4. 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" [syn: background signal]


5. relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation: "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
6. the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting" [syn: setting, scope]


7. (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear [syn: desktop, screen background]


8. scenery hung at back of stage [syn: backdrop, backcloth]
v : move into the background; "he played down his royal ancestry" [syn: play down]
[ant: foreground, foreground]




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 background signal 
 screen background 
 background knowledge 
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Noun
1. a person's social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background"
(hypernym) inheritance, heritage
2. the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
(synonym) ground
(hypernym) view, aspect, prospect, scene, vista, panorama
3. information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem; "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"
(synonym) background knowledge
(hypernym) information
4. 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"
(synonym) background signal
(hypernym) noise, interference, disturbance
(hyponym) background noise, ground noise
5. relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
(hypernym) accompaniment, concomitant, co-occurrence
(derivation) play down, downplay
6. the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting"
(synonym) setting, scope
(hypernym) environment
(hyponym) canvas, canvass
7. (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
(synonym) desktop, screen background
(hypernym) screen, CRT screen
(classification) computer science, computing
8. scenery hung at back of stage
(synonym) backdrop, backcloth
(hypernym) scenery, scene

Verb
1. understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
(synonym) play down, downplay
(antonym) foreground, highlight, spotlight, play up
(hypernym) stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuate
(hyponym) wave off
Background Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
JDK Doc(JAVA)
- Static variable in class java.awt.font.TextAttribute 
public static final TextAttribute BACKGROUND
Attribute key for the background Paint adornment.
- Static variable in class javax.swing.text.html.CSS.Attribute 
public static final CSS.Attribute BACKGROUND
- Static variable in class javax.swing.text.StyleConstants.ColorConstants 
public static final Object Background
Name of the background color attribute.
Jargon File
n.,adj.,vt. [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.

Multimedia Glossary
settings for the background pattern and wallpaper
Background Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Background may refer to:
  • Background (journalism)
  • Computer wallpaper
  • Cultural heritage
  • Ethnic background
  • Field (heraldry), background of a shield
  • Natural heritage
  • Operational definition, distinction between an object from its background of observation; identifying what is and is not part of it
  • Provenance

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Background Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
Value for a parameter that represents the conditions in a system prior to a given influence in space or time.
Background Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
film and video
This is a term with a broad range of meanings, depending upon the context. In production, it has the same connotation as 'atmosphere', meaning extras who are staged to supply detail in the form of normal human traffic in a scene. In sound, it can mean the same as 'ambience' or it may refer to relative volume.
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