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back·ground

(bak'grownd),
Instrument response in the absence of a sample.
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There, in mid-air, shining softly out of the dark background of the trees, still hovered the starry apparition of the child.
Never had he been at such an altitude of living, and he kept himself in the background, listening, observing, and pleasuring, replying in reticent monosyllables, saying, "Yes, miss," and "No, miss," to her, and "Yes, ma'am," and "No, ma'am," to her mother.
In the background a volcano crater was silhouetted against the stars.
How frequent and how vivid are his descriptions of the inanimate background of human life--buildings, interiors of rooms, and the rest?
There had always been some fear, some constraint, lurking in the background behind everybody, everybody - except you, my friend.
To their right was the village, separated from them only by one level stretch of meadowland; in the background, the hall.
There are no features to this land, no conspicuous, far-famed landmarks for the eye; there is nothing so far down to tell you of the greatest agglomeration of mankind on earth dwelling no more than five and twenty miles away, where the sun sets in a blaze of colour flaming on a gold background, and the dark, low shores trend towards each other.
At the bend of the Danube, vessels, an island, and a castle with a park surrounded by the waters of the confluence of the Enns and the Danube became visible, and the rocky left bank of the Danube covered with pine forests, with a mystic background of green treetops and bluish gorges.
His ambitious plans had retreated into the background again, and feeling that he had got out of that circle of activity in which everything was definite, he had given himself entirely to his passion, and that passion was binding him more and more closely to her.
The forms in the background looked like unearthly beings, gliding before the eye, and cleaving the air with frantic and unmeaning gestures; while the savage passions of such as passed the flames were rendered fearfully distinct by the gleams that shot athwart their inflamed visages.
He stayed that way for a long time and when he aroused himself and again looked out of the car window the town of Winesburg had disappeared and his life there had become but a background on which to paint the dreams of his manhood.
He could bring the drama of antique life before one out of the shadows--white figures against blue backgrounds.