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History vs. Background

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Main Difference

The main difference between History and Background is that the History is a umbrella term covering the record of past events and their study and The circumstances or situation prevailing at a particular time or underlying a particular event. and In technology: A wallpaper or background is a digital image used as a decorative background of a graphical user interface.

Wikipedia
  • History (noun)

    The aggregate of past events.

    "History repeats itself if we don’t learn from its mistakes."

  • History (noun)

    The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.

    "He teaches history at the university."

    "History will not look kindly on these tyrants."

    "He dreams of an invention that will make history."

  • History (noun)

    A set of events involving an entity.

    "What is your medical history?"

    "The family's history includes events best forgotten."

  • History (noun)

    A record or narrative description of past events.

    "I really enjoyed Shakespeare's tragedies more than his histories."

  • History (noun)

    A list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family.

    "A personal medical history is required for the insurance policy."

    "He has a history of cancer in his family."

  • History (noun)

    A record of previous user events, especially of visited web pages in a browser.

    "I visited a great site yesterday but forgot the URL. Luckily, I didn't clear my history."

  • History (noun)

    Something that no longer exists or is no longer relevant.

    "I told him that if he doesn't get his act together, he's history."

  • History (noun)

    Shared experience or interaction.

    "There is too much history between them for them to split up now."

    "He has had a lot of history with the police."

  • History (verb)

    To narrate or record.

  • 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).

Wiktionary
Oxford Dictionary
  • History (noun)

    A learning or knowing by inquiry; the knowledge of facts and events, so obtained; hence, a formal statement of such information; a narrative; a description; a written record; as, the history of a patient's case; the history of a legislative bill.

  • History (noun)

    A systematic, written account of events, particularly of those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art, and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a romance; - distinguished also from annals, which relate simply the facts and events of each year, in strict chronological order; from biography, which is the record of an individual's life; and from memoir, which is history composed from personal experience, observation, and memory.

  • History

    To narrate or record.

  • 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.

Webster Dictionary
  • History (noun)

    the aggregate of past events;

    "a critical time in the school's history"

  • History (noun)

    the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future;

    "all of human history"

  • History (noun)

    a record or narrative description of past events;

    "a history of France"

    "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"

    "the story of exposure to lead"

  • History (noun)

    the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings;

    "he teaches Medieval history"

    "history takes the long view"

  • History (noun)

    all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge;

    "the dawn of recorded history"

    "from the beginning of history"

  • 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"

Princeton's WordNet

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