Back"ground` (?), n. [Back, a. + ground.]


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

2. Paint.

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

⇒ The distance in a picture is usually divided into foreground, middle distance, and background.



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


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

I fancy there was a background of grinding and waiting before Miss Torry could produce this highly finished . . . performance.
Mrs. Alexander.

A husband somewhere in the background.


© Webster 1913.