AskDefine | Define foreground

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1 the part of a scene that is near the viewer
2 (computer science) a window for an active application v : move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent; "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics" [syn: highlight, spotlight, play up] [ant: background, background]

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  • a UK /ˈfɔː(ɹ)ˌgɹaʊnd/ /"fO:(r)%graUnd/


  1. The elements of an image which lie closest to the picture plane.
  2. The subject of an image, often depicted at the bottom in a two-dimensional work.
  3. the application the user is currently interacting with; the application window that appears in front of all others.

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The elements of an image which lie closet to the picture plane


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

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