Part of speech: noun

The part of a picture which is represented as behind the principal objects; a subordinate position; obscurlty.

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Usage examples "background":

  1. The river kept the pilot ambition always fresh, and the cave supplied a background for those other things. - "Mark Twain, A Biography, Vol. 1, Part 1, 1835-1866 The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine.
  2. If we had a water background, now. - "Into the Primitive", Robert Ames Bennet.
  3. Certain girls have kept strictly in the background. - "Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College", Jessie Graham Flower.