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General dictionaries General (32 matching dictionaries)
  1. background: The Word Spy [home, info]
  2. background: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
  3. background: Collins English Dictionary [home, info]
  4. background: Vocabulary.com [home, info]
  5. background: Macmillan Dictionary [home, info]
  6. Background, background: Wordnik [home, info]
  7. background, the background: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary [home, info]
  8. background: Wiktionary [home, info]
  9. background: Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Ed. [home, info]
  10. background: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus [home, info]
  11. background: Infoplease Dictionary [home, info]
  12. Background, background: Dictionary.com [home, info]
  13. background: Online Etymology Dictionary [home, info]
  14. background: UltraLingua English Dictionary [home, info]
  15. background: Cambridge Dictionary of American English [home, info]
  16. Background (Lifetime album), Background (astronomy), Background (computer software), Background (disambiguation), Background: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia [home, info]
  17. Background: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
  18. background: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
  19. background: Rhymezone [home, info]
  20. background: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
  21. background: Webster's 1828 Dictionary [home, info]
  22. Background: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898) [home, info]
  23. background: Free Dictionary [home, info]
  24. background: Mnemonic Dictionary [home, info]
  25. background: WordNet 1.7 Vocabulary Helper [home, info]
  26. background: LookWAYup Translating Dictionary/Thesaurus [home, info]
  27. background: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]
  28. background: Wikimedia Commons US English Pronunciations [home, info]
  29. background: Merriam-Webster.com [home, info]
  30. background: Oxford Learner's Dictionaries [home, info]

Art dictionaries Art (6 matching dictionaries)
  1. background: ArtLex Lexicon of Visual Art Terminology [home, info]
  2. Background: English-Chinese Dictionary of Graphic Communications (Big 5) [home, info]
  3. Background: Art Glossary: Terminology for artists [home, info]
  4. background: mosaic glossary [home, info]
  5. background (textlinguistics): Literary Criticism [home, info]
  6. background: ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science [home, info]

Business dictionaries Business (2 matching dictionaries)
  1. Background: MoneyGlossary.com [home, info]
  2. Background (disambiguation), background: Legal dictionary [home, info]

Computing dictionaries Computing (5 matching dictionaries)
  1. background: Free On-line Dictionary of Computing [home, info]
  2. background: CCI Computer [home, info]
  3. background: Computer Telephony & Electronics Dictionary and Glossary [home, info]
  4. background: Webopedia [home, info]
  5. Background (disambiguation), background: Encyclopedia [home, info]

Medicine dictionaries Medicine (2 matching dictionaries)
  1. background: online medical dictionary [home, info]
  2. background: Medical dictionary [home, info]

Religion dictionaries Religion (1 matching dictionary)
  1. background: Postmodern Bible Dictionary [home, info]

Science dictionaries Science (1 matching dictionary)
  1. Background: FOLDOP - Free On Line Dictionary Of Philosophy [home, info]

Slang dictionaries Slang (1 matching dictionary)
  1. background: Urban Dictionary [home, info]

Tech dictionaries Tech (5 matching dictionaries)
  1. Background: AUTOMOTIVE TERMS [home, info]
  2. Background: Nikonians Photo Glossary [home, info]
  3. Background: Glossary of Film/Video Terms [home, info]
  4. BACKGROUND: Lake and Water Word Glossary [home, info]
  5. Background: PhotoNotes Dictionary of Film and Digital Photography [home, info]

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Quick definitions from WordNet (background)

noun:  (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
noun:  a person's social heritage: previous experience or training ("He is a lawyer with a sports background")
noun:  information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem ("The embassy filled him in on the background of the incident")
noun:  the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground ("He posed her against a background of rolling hills")
noun:  relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation ("When the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background")
noun:  extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured ("They got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals")
noun:  scenery hung at back of stage
noun:  the state of the environment in which a situation exists
verb:  understate the importance or quality of

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