Foreground vs Background what difference

what is difference between Foreground and Background

English

Etymology

From fore- +‎ ground. Compare Dutch voorgrond (foreground), German Vordergrund (foreground), Danish forgrund (foreground), Swedish förgrund (foreground), Norwegian forgrunn (foreground), Icelandic forgrunni (foreground).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔː(ɹ)ˌɡɹaʊnd/

Noun

foreground (plural foregrounds)

  1. The elements of an image which lie closest to the picture plane.
  2. The subject of an image, often depicted at the bottom in a two-dimensional work.
  3. (computing, often attributive) The application the user is currently interacting with; the application window that appears in front of all others.

Related terms

  • background
  • midground

Translations

Verb

foreground (third-person singular simple present foregrounds, present participle foregrounding, simple past and past participle foregrounded)

  1. To place in the foreground (physically or metaphorically).


English

Etymology

back +‎ ground

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbæk.ɡɹaʊnd/

Adjective

background (not comparable)

  1. Less important or less noticeable in a scene or system.

Antonyms

  • conspicuous, foreground, forestanding, primary, prominent

Noun

background (countable and uncountable, plural backgrounds)

  1. One’s social heritage, or previous life; what one did in the past.
  2. A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.
  3. Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.
  4. A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground).
  5. (computing) The image or color over which a computer’s desktop items are shown (e.g. icons or application windows).
  6. (computing) A type of activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

background (third-person singular simple present backgrounds, present participle backgrounding, simple past and past participle backgrounded)

  1. To put in a position that is not prominent.
    • 2006, Paul Baker, Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis, page 163:
      One aspect of the story that appears interesting is that the alleged rapist and victim are only referred to by name together in the same sentence once. In all the other sentences, one receives more focus, while the other is backgrounded.
  2. (journalism) To gather and provide background information (on).

Spanish

Noun

background m (plural backgrounds)

  1. background

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