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Pronunciation:  'fowr`grawnd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (computer science) a window for an active application
  2. [n]  the part of a scene that is near the viewer
  3. [v]  move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent; "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"

FOREGROUND is a 10 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: highlight, play up, spotlight
 Antonyms: background, downplay, play down
 See Also: aspect, bring out, CRT screen, panorama, prospect, scene, screen, set off, view, vista, window



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Computing Dictionary

(Unix) On a time-sharing system, a task executing in foreground is one able to accept input from and return output to the user in contrast to one running in the background. Nowadays this term is primarily associated with unix, but it appears first to have been used in this sense on os/360. Normally, there is only one foreground task per terminal (or terminal window). Having multiple processes simultaneously reading the keyboard is confusing.

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Thesaurus Terms
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