I. noun Date: 1695 1. the part of a scene or representation that is nearest to and in front of the spectator 2. a position of prominence ; forefront 3. a level of computer processing at which the processor responds immediately to input to a designated high-priority task — compare background II. transitive verb Date: 1892 to bring to the foreground; especially to give prominence or emphasis to

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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 — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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