1. [ noun ] a person's social heritage: previous experience or training

"he is a lawyer with a sports background"

Related terms: inheritance
2. [ noun ] the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
Synonyms: ground

"he posed her against a background of rolling hills"

Related terms: view
3. [ noun ] information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
Synonyms: background_knowledge

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

Related terms: information
4. [ noun ] extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured
Synonyms: background_signal

"they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"

Related terms: noise background_radiation background_noise
5. [ noun ] relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation

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

Related terms: accompaniment
6. [ noun ] the state of the environment in which a situation exists
Synonyms: setting scope

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

Related terms: environment showcase canvas
7. [ verb ] understate the importance or quality of
Synonyms: downplay play_down

"he played down his royal ancestry"

Related terms: foreground foreground stress emphasize play_down wave_off
8. [ noun ] (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
Synonyms: screen_background desktop
Related terms: screen computer_science
9. [ noun ] (theater) scenery hung at back of stage
Synonyms: backdrop backcloth
Related terms: scenery
Similar spelling:   backgrounder