Scenery vs. Background - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Scenery and Background is that the Scenery is a space used as a setting for a theatrical production 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

  • Scenery

    Theatrical scenery is that which is used as a setting for a theatrical production. Scenery may be just about anything, from a single chair to an elaborately re-created street, no matter how large or how small, whether the item was custom-made or is the genuine item, appropriated for theatrical use.

  • Background

    In Technology: A wallpaper or background is a digital image used as a decorative background of a graphical user interface on the screen of a computer, mobile communications device or other electronic device

    The circumstances or situation prevailing at a particular time or underlying a particular event. i.e.
    "the political and economic background"

Wiktionary

  • Scenery (noun)

    View, natural features, landscape.

  • Scenery (noun)

    Stage backdrops, property and other items on a stage that give the impression of the location of the scene.

  • 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).

Oxford Dictionary

  • Scenery (noun)

    the natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance, especially when picturesque

    "spectacular views of mountain scenery"

  • Scenery (noun)

    the painted background used to represent natural features or other surroundings on a theatre stage or film set

    "they had all helped with scenery and costumes"

  • Background (noun)

    the part of a picture, scene, or design that forms a setting for the main figures or objects, or appears furthest from the viewer

    "the word is written in white on a red background"

    "the house stands against a background of sheltering trees"

  • Background (noun)

    a less important or conspicuous position or function

    "after that evening, she remained in the background"

  • Background (noun)

    used in reference to tasks or processes that do not need input from the user

    "programs can be left running in the background"

  • Background (noun)

    low-intensity radiation from radioisotopes present in the natural environment.

  • Background (noun)

    unwanted signals, such as noise in the reception or recording of sound.

  • Background (noun)

    the circumstances or situation prevailing at a particular time or underlying a particular event

    "the political and economic background"

    "background information"

  • Background (noun)

    a person's education, experience, and social circumstances

    "she has a background in nursing"

    "her voice suggested a tenacious, working-class background"

  • Background (verb)

    form a background to

    "windswept land backgrounded by the Rockies"

  • Background (verb)

    provide with background

    "the embassy backgrounded American reporters"

Webster Dictionary

  • Scenery (noun)

    Assemblage of scenes; the paintings and hangings representing the scenes of a play; the disposition and arrangement of the scenes in which the action of a play, poem, etc., is laid; representation of place of action or occurence.

  • Scenery (noun)

    Sum of scenes or views; general aspect, as regards variety and beauty or the reverse, in a landscape; combination of natural views, as woods, hills, etc.

  • 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.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Scenery (noun)

    the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale;

    "they worked all night painting the scenery"

  • Scenery (noun)

    the appearance of a place

  • 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"

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