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  1. back·ground
    IPA[ˈbakˌɡround]
  2. noun

    • 1. the area or scenery behind the main object of contemplation, especially when perceived as a framework for it:

      the house stands against a background of sheltering trees
      Synonym : surrounding(s), backdrop, backcloth, framework, scene, setting, surround, framework, in the distance, on the horizon
    • 2. the part of a picture or design that serves as a setting to the main figures or objects, or that appears furthest from the viewer:

      the background shows a landscape of domes and minarets the word is written in white on a red background
    • 3. a position or function that is not prominent or conspicuous:

      after that evening, Athens remained in the background
      Synonym : behind the scenes, out of the public eye, out of the spotlight, out of the limelight, backstage, inconspicuous, unobtrusive, unnoticed
    • 4. used to describe tasks or processes running on a computer that do not need input from the user:

      programs can be left running in the background
    • 5. low-intensity radiation from radioisotopes present in the natural environment.

    • 6. unwanted signals, such as noise in the reception or recording of sound.

    • 7. the circumstances or situation prevailing at a particular time or underlying a particular event:

      the political and economic background background information
      Synonym : circumstances, context, conditions, situation, environment, milieu, scene, scenario, framework, atmosphere, factors, influences, lead-up
    • 8. a person's education, experience, and social circumstances:

      she has a background in nursing a mix of students from many different backgrounds
      Synonym : social circumstances, family circumstances, environment, class, culture, tradition, upbringing, rearing, experience, record, history, past, training, education, grounding, knowledge, qualifications, credentials, curriculum vitae
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: background, plural noun: backgrounds

    • noun

      the part of a picture, scene, or design that forms a setting for the main figures or objects, or appears furthest from the viewer:

      a less important or conspicuous position or function:

    • verb

      form a background to:

      provide with background:

    • noun

      extraneous sound which can be heard while listening to or monitoring other sounds:

      a person or thing considered to be irrelevant or incidental to the main issue or situation:

    • noun

      a weak uniform microwave radiation which is detectable in nearly every direction of the sky. It is believed to be evidence of the Big Bang.
    • noun

      music intended as an unobtrusive accompaniment to some activity, such as dining in a restaurant, or to provide atmosphere in a movie.
    • noun

      the uniform microwave radiation remaining from the Big Bang.
    • noun

      extraneous sound which can be heard while listening to or monitoring other sounds:

      a person or thing considered to be irrelevant or incidental to the main issue or situation:

    • noun

      a weak uniform microwave radiation which is detectable in nearly every direction of the sky. It is believed to be evidence of the Big Bang.
    • noun

      music intended as an unobtrusive accompaniment to an activity or to provide atmosphere in a film.
    • noun

      the uniform microwave radiation remaining from the Big Bang.
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