Foreground Fore"ground`, n. On a painting, and sometimes in a bas-relief, mosaic picture, or the like, that part of the scene represented, which is nearest to the spectator, and therefore occupies the lowest part of the work of art itself. Cf. {Distance}, n., 6. [1913 Webster]

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  • foreground — [fôr′ground΄] n. 1. the part of a scene, landscape, etc. nearest, or represented in perspective as nearest, to the viewer 2. the most noticeable or conspicuous position vt. ☆ to bring to or place in the foreground; emphasize; highlight …   English World dictionary

  • Foreground —   [engl.], Vordergrund …   Universal-Lexikon

  • foreground — (n.) 1690s, in the landscape sense, from FORE (Cf. fore ) + GROUND (Cf. ground) (n.). First used in English by Dryden ( Art of Painting ); Cf. Du. voorgrond …   Etymology dictionary

  • foreground — ► NOUN 1) the part of a view or image nearest to the observer. 2) the most prominent or important position …   English terms dictionary

  • foreground — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)graʊnd[/t]] foregrounds, foregrounding, foregrounded 1) N VAR: oft in the N The foreground of a picture or scene you are looking at is the part or area of it that appears nearest to you. He is the bowler hatted figure in the foreground …   English dictionary

  • foreground — I UK [ˈfɔː(r)ˌɡraʊnd] / US [ˈfɔrˌɡraʊnd] verb [transitive] Word forms foreground : present tense I/you/we/they foreground he/she/it foregrounds present participle foregrounding past tense foregrounded past participle foregrounded to give… …   English dictionary

  • foreground — noun VERB + FOREGROUND ▪ occupy ▪ A happy family occupies the foreground of the painting. PREPOSITION ▪ in the foreground ▪ This issue is very much in the foreground …   Collocations dictionary

  • foreground — fore|ground [ˈfo:graund US ˈfo:r ] n 1.) the foreground the part of the view in a picture or a photograph that is closest to you when you are looking at it ≠ ↑background ▪ There were three figures in the foreground. 2.) be in the foreground to be …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foreground — noun 1 the foreground the nearest part of a scene in a picture or a photograph 2 be in the foreground to be regarded as important and receive a lot of attention: Education and health were very much in the foreground during the post war years …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • foreground — n. in the foreground * * * [ fɔːgraʊnd] in the foreground …   Combinatory dictionary

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