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Definition of Background

Background

  1. Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front.
  2. The space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures.
  3. Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings.
  4. A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight.

Background Quotations

Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.
Leonardo da Vinci

As young West Point cadets, our motto was 'duty, honor, country.' But it was in the field, from the rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the sands of the Middle East, that I learned that motto's fullest meaning. There I saw gallant young Americans of every race, creed and background fight, and sometimes die, for 'duty, honor, and their country.'
Norman Schwarzkopf

I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
Paul Wellstone

The prevailing - and foolish - attitude is that a good manager can be a good manager anywhere, with no special knowledge of the production process he's managing. A man with a financial background may know nothing about manufacturing shoes or cars, but he's put in charge anyway.
W. Edwards Deming

I just get so fed up with seeing the same things written about me. If I see the words 'ice queen' attached to me, I feel like banging my head against the wall. There's this perception that I can only be in a film if I have a glass of champagne in my hand and a stately home in the background.
Kristin Scott Thomas
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Background Translations

background in Afrikaans is agtergrond
background in Dutch is achtergrond
background in Finnish is tausta
background in German is Hintergrund
background in Italian is sfondo
background in Norwegian is bakgrunn
background in Portuguese is fundo
background in Spanish is fondo, antecedentes, trasfondo
background in Swedish is bakgrund
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