figure and ground


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fig·ure and ground

(fig'yūr grownd),
That aspect of perception wherein the perceived is separated into at least two parts, each with different attributes but influencing one another. Figure is the most distinct; ground the least formed; for example, a bird or tree (figure) seen against the sky (ground).
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fig·ure and ground

(fig'yŭr grownd)
That aspect of perception wherein the perceived is separated into at least two parts, each with different attributes but influencing one another. Figure is the most distinct; ground the least formed; e.g., a bird or tree (figure) seen against the sky (ground).
Synonym(s): figure-ground discrimination.
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