Textual thesaurus for "background"

(noun) backcloth, backdrop

scenery hung at back of stage

(noun) desktop, screen background

(computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear

(noun) background knowledge

information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem

the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident

(noun) ground

the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

he posed her against a background of rolling hills

(noun) background signal

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

(noun) setting, scope

the state of the environment in which a situation exists

you can't do that in a university setting

(verb) downplay, play down

understate the importance or quality of

he played down his royal ancestry