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Background vs. Backdrop

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Wikipedia
  • Background (adjective)

    Less important in a scene.

    "background noise."

  • Background (noun)

    One's social heritage, or previous life; what one did in the past.

    "The lawyer had a background in computer science."

  • Background (noun)

    A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.

  • Background (noun)

    Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.

  • Background (noun)

    A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground).

    "There was tons of noise in the background."

    "The photographer let us pick a background for the portrait."

  • Background (noun)

    The image or color over which a computer's desktop items are shown (e.g. icons or application windows).

  • Background (noun)

    A type of activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user.

    "The antivirus program is running in the background."

  • Background (verb)

    To put in a position that is not prominent.

  • Background (verb)

    To gather and provide background information (on).

  • Backdrop (noun)

    A decorated cloth hung at the back of a stage.

  • Backdrop (noun)

    An image that serves as a visual background.

  • Backdrop (noun)

    The setting or background of an acted performance.

  • Backdrop (noun)

    Any background situation.

    "Against a backdrop of falling interest rates, the new savings account is looking less appealing."

  • Backdrop (verb)

    To serve as a backdrop for.

    "a brilliant sunset backdropping the famous skyline"

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Background (noun)

    Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front.

  • Background (noun)

    The space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures.

  • Background (noun)

    Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings.

  • Background (noun)

    A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight.

  • Background (noun)

    The set of conditions within which an action takes place, including the social and physical conditions as well as the psychological states of the participants; as, within the background of the massive budget deficits of the 1980's, new spending programs had little chance of passage by the congress.

  • Background (noun)

    The set of conditions that precede and affect an action, such as the social and historical precedents for the event, as well as the general background{5}; as, against the background of their expulsion by the Serbs, the desire of Kosovars for vengeance is understandable though regrettable.

  • Background (noun)

    The signals that may be detected by a measurement which are not due to the phenomenon being studied, and tend to make the measurement uncertain to a greater or lesser degree.

  • Background (noun)

    An agreement between a journalist and an interviewee that the name of the interviewee will not be quoted in any publication, although the substance of the remarks may be reported; - often used in the phrase "on background". Compare deep background.

  • Backdrop (noun)

    the scenery hung at back of stage. Also called in Britain backcloth.

  • Backdrop (noun)

    the background, setting, or circumstances of an event; as, the backdrop for the summit meeting.

Webster Dictionary
  • Background (noun)

    a person's social heritage: previous experience or training;

    "he is a lawyer with a sports background"

  • Background (noun)

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

    "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"

  • Background (noun)

    information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem;

    "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"

  • Background (noun)

    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"

  • Background (noun)

    relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation;

    "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"

  • Background (noun)

    the state of the environment in which a situation exists;

    "you can't do that in a university setting"

  • Background (noun)

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

  • Background (noun)

    scenery hung at back of stage

  • Background (verb)

    understate the importance or quality of;

    "he played down his royal ancestry"

  • Backdrop (noun)

    scenery hung at back of stage

Princeton's WordNet

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