Back"ground` (&?;), n. [Back, a. +
1. Ground in the rear or behind, or in the
distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in
2. (Paint.) The space which is behind and
subordinate to a portrait or group of figures.
&fist; The distance in a picture is usually divided into foreground,
middle distance, and background. Fairholt.
3. Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the
statue had a background of red hangings.
4. A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of
I fancy there was a background of grinding and
waiting before Miss Torry could produce this highly finished . . .
A husband somewhere in the background.
To place in the background, to make of little