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  • scenery hung at back of stage
  • (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
  • the state of the environment in which a situation exists
    • you can't do that in a university setting
  • 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
  • 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
  • a person's social heritage: previous experience or training
    • he is a lawyer with a sports background
  • understate the importance or quality of
    • he played down his royal ancestry
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