What is background?

  • (noun): A person's social heritage: previous experience or training.
    Example: "He is a lawyer with a sports background"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on background:

Yankee White
... Yankee White is an administrative nickname for a background check given in the United States of America for Department of Defense personnel and contractor employees working with ... Obtaining such clearance requires, in part, a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) which is conducted under the manuals of the U.S ... Individuals having Yankee White clearances undergo extensive background investigation ...
Eddie Chapman - Background
... Well along into his criminal career he was arrested in Scotland and charged with blowing up the safe of the headquarters of the Edinburgh Co-operative Society ... Let out on bail, he fled to Jersey in the Channel Islands where he attempted unsuccessfully to continue his crooked ways ...
TurboGrafx-16 - Technical Specifications - Display - Color
... Depth 9 bit Colors available 512 Colors onscreen Maximum of 482 (241 background, 241 sprite) Palettes Maximum of 32 (16 for background tiles, 16 for sprites) Colors per palette 16 per background ...
Young, Gifted And Black - Personnel
... Electric piano Billy Preston - Organ Sammy Turner - Background Vocals Hubert Laws - Alto Flute Chuck Rainey - Bass J.R ... Bailey - Background Vocals Carolyn Franklin - Background Vocals Erma Franklin - Background Vocals The Memphis Horns - Ensemble The Sweet Inspirations - Background ... Clark - Background Vocals Cornell Dupree - Guitar Jimmy Douglass - Engineer Tom Dowd - Arranger, Producer Chuck Kirkpatrick - Engineer Eric Gale - Bass Lewis Hahn - Engineer Dan Hersch - Remastering Bill ...
44 Liquormart, Inc. V. Rhode Island - Background
... In 1985, a liquormart brought a suit against the liquor control commissioner, arguing, among other things, that the first regulation, which prevented the liquormart from advertising its prices, was unconstitutional ... The Rhode Island Supreme Court, however, held that the regulation did not violate the First Amendment, the Commerce Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, or the Sherman Anti-Trust Act ...

More definitions of "background":

  • (noun): Relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation.
    Example: "When the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
  • (noun): (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear.
    Synonyms: desktop, screen background
  • (noun): Extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured.
    Example: "They got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"
    Synonyms: background signal
  • (noun): Information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem.
    Example: "The embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"
    Synonyms: background knowledge
  • (noun): The part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground.
    Example: "He posed her against a background of rolling hills"
    Synonyms: ground
  • (noun): The state of the environment in which a situation exists.
    Synonyms: setting, scope

Famous quotes containing the word background:

    They were more than hostile. In the first place, I was a south Georgian and I was looked upon as a fiscal conservative, and the Atlanta newspapers quite erroneously, because they didn’t know anything about me or my background here in Plains, decided that I was also a racial conservative.
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.)

    Pilate with his question “What is truth?” is gladly trotted out these days as an advocate of Christ, so as to arouse the suspicion that everything known and knowable is an illusion and to erect the cross upon that gruesome background of the impossibility of knowledge.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    ... every experience in life enriches one’s background and should teach valuable lessons.
    Mary Barnett Gilson (1877–?)