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Definition 1: scenery hung at back of stage - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for background in the sense of this definition

(background is a kind of ...) the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale

"they worked all night painting the scenery"

Definition 2: (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for background in the sense of this definition

(background is a kind of ...) the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube

(background belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

Definition 3: a person's social heritage: previous experience or training - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where background or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is a lawyer with a sports background

(background is a kind of ...) any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors

"my only inheritance was my mother's blessing" "the world's heritage of knowledge"

Definition 4: the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where background or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he posed her against a background of rolling hills

Synonyms for background in the sense of this definition

(background is a kind of ...) the visual percept of a region

"the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"

Definition 5: information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where background or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for background in the sense of this definition

(background is a kind of ...) knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction

Definition 6: extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured - [noun denoting event]

Samples where background or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for background in the sense of this definition

(background is a kind of ...) electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

(... is a kind of background ) extraneous noise contaminating sound measurements that cannot be separated from the desired signal

(... is a kind of background ) radiation coming from sources other than those being observed

Definition 7: relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation - [noun denoting event]

Samples where background or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(background is a kind of ...) an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another

Definition 8: the state of the environment in which a situation exists - [noun denoting state]

Samples where background or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you can't do that in a university setting

Synonyms for background in the sense of this definition

(background is a kind of ...) the totality of surrounding conditions

"he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room"

(... is a kind of background ) the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account

"the crowded canvas of history" "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"

(... is a kind of background ) a setting in which something can be displayed to best effect

"it was a showcase for democracy in Africa"

Definition 9: understate the importance or quality of - [verb of change]

Samples where background or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he played down his royal ancestry

Synonyms for background in the sense of this definition

(background is a kind of ...) to stress, single out as important

"Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

(... is a kind of background ) dismiss as insignificant

"He waved off suggestions of impropriety"

(... is a kind of background ) play down or obscure

"His advisers soft-pedaled the president's blunder"

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