|1.||[ noun ] a person's social heritage: previous experience or training|
"he is a lawyer with a sports background"
|2.||[ noun ] the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground|
"he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
|3.||[ noun ] information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem|
"the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"
|4.||[ noun ] 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"
|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"
|6.||[ noun ] the state of the environment in which a situation exists|
"you can't do that in a university setting"
|Related terms:||environment showcase canvas|
|7.||[ verb ] understate the importance or quality of|
"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|
|Related terms:||screen computer_science|
|9.||[ noun ] (theater) scenery hung at back of stage|