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fore·ground

 (fôr′ground′)
n.
1. The part of a scene or picture that is nearest to and in front of the viewer.
2. See forefront.
tr.v. fore·ground·ed, fore·ground·ing, fore·grounds
To place in the foreground; call attention to: "He is currently at work on a trilogy of pieces ... which foreground the Algerian War" (Eleanor Heartney).

foreground

(ˈfɔːˌɡraʊnd)
n
1. the part of a scene situated towards the front or nearest to the viewer
2. (Art Terms) the area of space in a perspective picture, depicted as nearest the viewer
3. a conspicuous or active position
vb
(tr) to emphasize (an issue, idea, or word)

fore•ground

(ˈfɔrˌgraʊnd, ˈfoʊr-)

n.
1. the ground or parts situated in the front; the portion of a scene nearest to the viewer (opposed to background).
2. a prominent position; forefront.
[1685–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foreground - the part of a scene that is near the viewerforeground - the part of a scene that is near the viewer
panorama, vista, view, aspect, scene, prospect - the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
2.foreground - (computer science) a window for an active application
CRT screen, screen - the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
window - (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
Verb1.foreground - move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent; "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"
set off, bring out - direct attention to, as if by means of contrast; "This dress accentuates your nice figure!"; "I set off these words by brackets"
background, play down, downplay - understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"

foreground

noun
1. front, focus, forefront the foreground of this boldly painted landscape
2. prominence, limelight, fore, forefront This worry has come to the foreground in recent years.
Translations
أَمَاميّةمُقَدِّمَة الصورَه، في طَليعَة
popředí
forgrund
etuala
istaknutno mjesto
elõtér
forgrunnur
前景
전경
priešakinis planas
priekšplāns
förgrund
ทัศนียภาพที่อยู่ใกล้ที่สุด
ön planön plân/alan
cận cảnh

foreground

[ˈfɔːgraʊnd]
A. Nprimer plano m, primer término m
in the foreground (fig) → en primer plano or término
B. VT [+ object in photo, picture] → traer al primer plano (fig) [+ issue, problem] → destacar, subrayar

foreground

[ˈfɔːrgraʊnd] npremier plan m
in the foreground → au premier plan
to come to the foreground (= become prominent) → passer au premier plan
to put sth in the foreground (= make a priority) → mettre qch en avant foreground processingforeground processing ntraitement m prioritaire

foreground

n (Art, Phot, Comput) → Vordergrund m; in the foregroundim Vordergrund

foreground

[ˈfɔːˌgraʊnd]
1. n (Art) → primo piano
in the foreground (fig) → in una posizione di primo piano
2. adj (Comput) → foreground inv, di primo piano

foreground

(ˈfoːgraund) noun
the part of a view or picture nearest to the person looking at it. a landscape, with two horses in the foreground.

foreground

أَمَاميّة popředí forgrund Vordergrund προσκήνιο primer plano etuala premier plan istaknutno mjesto in primo piano 前景 전경 voorgrond forgrunn pierwszy plan primeiro plano авансцена förgrund ทัศนียภาพที่อยู่ใกล้ที่สุด ön plan cận cảnh 前景
References in classic literature ?
Thus, the foreground is all raging commotion; but behind, in admirable artistic contrast, is the glassy level of a sea becalmed, the drooping unstarched sails of the powerless ship, and the inert mass of a dead whale, a conquered fortress, with the flag of capture lazily hanging from the whale-pole inserted into his spout-hole.
Everything was ready now; students stood crowded together in the foreground, and others stood behind them on chairs and tables.
The child had no more to do than several others, but she was somehow in the foreground.
A rude noise broke on these fine ripplings and whisperings, at once so far away and so clear: a positive tramp, tramp, a metallic clatter, which effaced the soft wave-wanderings; as, in a picture, the solid mass of a crag, or the rough boles of a great oak, drawn in dark and strong on the foreground, efface the aerial distance of azure hill, sunny horizon, and blended clouds where tint melts into tint.
There was the red sun, on the low level of the shore, in a purple haze, fast deepening into black; and there was the solitary flat marsh; and far away there were the rising grounds, between which and us there seemed to be no life, save here and there in the foreground a melancholy gull.
For the benefit of readers voracious for everything about everybody, schedule chapters might be provided by inferior novelists, good at painting say tiresome bourgeois fathers, gouty uncles and brothers in the army, as sometimes in great pictures we read that the sheep in the foreground have been painted by Mr.
At the back the Deserter was seen issuing from prison between the soldiers; in the foreground the young woman lay fainting, and pointing to his pardon.
Vast forests of palms, arecs, bamboo, teakwood, of the gigantic mimosa, and tree-like ferns covered the foreground, while behind, the graceful outlines of the mountains were traced against the sky; and along the coasts swarmed by thousands the precious swallows whose nests furnish a luxurious dish to the tables of the Celestial Empire.
One's gaze went with infinite relief from the scorched greys and sullen reds of the foreground to the blue-green softness of the eastward hills.
Bertuccio planted an entirely bare court with poplars, large spreading sycamores to shade the different parts of the house, and in the foreground, instead of the usual paving-stones, half hidden by the grass, there extended a lawn but that morning laid down, and upon which the water was yet glistening.
I call to mind a winter landscape in Amsterdam - a flat foreground of waste land, with here and there stacks of timber, like the huts of a camp of some very miserable tribe; the long stretch of the Handelskade; cold, stone-faced quays, with the snow-sprinkled ground and the hard, frozen water of the canal, in which were set ships one behind another with their frosty mooring-ropes hanging slack and their decks idle and deserted, because, as the master stevedore (a gentle, pale person, with a few golden hairs on his chin and a reddened nose) informed me, their cargoes were frozen-in up-country on barges and schuyts.
He saw instead a foreground which was just as lovely--the level sunlight lying like transparent gold among the gently curving stems of the feathered grass and the tall red sorrel, and the white ambels of the hemlocks lining the bushy hedgerows.