- the part of a painted or carved surface against which represented objects and forms are perceived or depicted: a portrait against a purple background.
- the part of an image represented as being at maximum distance from the frontal plane: majestic mountains in the background.
verb (used with object)
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Idioms for background
Words nearby background
Example sentences from the Web for background
“We saw his background and he was a Bronx guy and we started breaking the case,” Boyce says.
The following page details a tribute gag the Simpsons team inserted into the background of a scene.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But there's a ton of value for me in my background and my history, and losing it would be a shame.
Desert Golfing is the gaming equivalent of putting TV on in the background.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
While the desk sergeant ran a background check, he was roughed up by another officer in the lock-up.
In the background marched in ceaseless procession an irregular file of men.McAllister and His Double|Arthur Train
Questions in frightened voices filled the air against this background of suppressed weeping.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
They really had come into his life, but never people; even his own family were nothing but a background for wrangles.The Dark Tower|Phyllis Bottome
Rugged mountains form the background of the valley to the east, down from which comes murmuring the fleet but shallow Teivi.The Welsh and Their Literature|George Borrow
And the question as to whether a certain town or district is to be Serbian or Bulgarian sinks into the background.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1|Henry Baerlein
British Dictionary definitions for background
- an inconspicuous or unobtrusive position (esp in the phrase in the background)
- (as modifier)a background influence
- the social, historical, or technical circumstances that lead up to or help to explain somethingthe background to the French Revolution
- (as modifier)background information
- a low level of sound, lighting, etc, whose purpose is to be an unobtrusive or appropriate accompaniment to something else, such as a social activity, conversation, or the action of a film
- (as modifier)background music
- unwanted effects, such as noise, occurring in a measuring instrument, electronic device, etc
- (as modifier)background interference