Definition of Foreground

1. Noun. The part of a scene that is near the viewer.

Generic synonyms: Aspect, Panorama, Prospect, Scene, View, Vista

2. Verb. Move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent. "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"
Exact synonyms: Highlight, Play Up, Spotlight
Generic synonyms: Bring Out, Set Off
Antonyms: Background, Play Down
Derivative terms: Highlight, Highlighter, Highlighter, Highlighting, Spotlight

3. Noun. (computer science) a window for an active application.
Group relationships: Crt Screen, Screen
Generic synonyms: Window
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing

Definition of Foreground

1. 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.

Definition of Foreground

1. Noun. The elements of an image which lie closest to the picture plane. ¹

2. Noun. The subject of an image, often depicted at the bottom in a two-dimensional work. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) the application the user is currently interacting with; the application window that appears in front of all others. ¹

4. Verb. To place in the foreground (physically or metaphorically) ¹

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Definition of Foreground

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Foreground Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foreground

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Literary usage of Foreground

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Landscape and Figure Composition by Sadakichi Hartmann (1910)
"Different Combinations of foreground, Middle Distance, and Distance. — A Hint from the Old Masters. — Exceptional Cases. — With Sixteen Illustrations. ..."

2. Camera (1907)
"This case may well stand to illustrate the final postulate, namely, an item in the foreground has less weight than the same in the distance. ..."

3. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1887)
"chanical appliances are removed, the foreground is arranged with something of the landscape- gardener's art. Real grass, shrubs, and the like, are disposed ..."

4. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and by John Smith (1831)
"Several other figures are in the back of the- room; and various household utensils on the foreground. Ift. 10 in. by 2ft. 3 in. Collection of M. Lamberts, . ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"In the latter the most remarkable is Plate 25, showing a desert, with several plants of Welwitschia mirabilis in the foreground. ..."

6. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1914)
"... while the tubes containing the solvent and the solutions MM' are shown in the foreground. The principal improvement in the apparatus is the ..."

7. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1896)
"... just above Seatoller, and once caused a tarn between the hamlets of Seatoller and Seathwaite. ALLUVIAL FLAT IN STONETHWAITE, WITH GORGE IN foreground. ..."

8. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1895)
"... IN THE foreground. (Photograph (>y Mr. \\~. AV/i>on.) the Derwent, entering at the south-east corner with the over-flow of Derwentwater. ..."

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