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  Words related to background

Related / Similar Words: backdrop, backcloth, desktop, screen background, background knowledge, ground, background signal, setting, scope, play down, downplay

 

Definition:
  • scenery hung at back of stage;
  • (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear;
  • a person''s social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background";
  • information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem; "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident";
  • the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills";
  • relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background";
  • 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";
  • the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can''t do that in a university setting";
  • understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry";

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    Hyponyms: background noise, ground noise, background radiation, canvas, canvass, showcase, show window, wave off, soft-pedal

     

    Derivational Morphology: play down, downplay

     

     
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