Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The part of a scene or picture that is nearest to and in front of the viewer.
  • transitive verb To place in the foreground; call attention to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That part of a landscape or other scene, as actually perceived or as represented in a picture, which is nearest the eye of the observer: opposed to background or distance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun On a painting, and sometimes in a bas-relief, mosaic picture, or the like, that part of the scene represented, which is nearest to the spectator, and therefore occupies the lowest part of the work of art itself. Cf. distance, n., 6.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The elements of an image which lie closest to the picture plane.
  • noun The subject of an image, often depicted at the bottom in a two-dimensional work.
  • noun computing the application the user is currently interacting with; the application window that appears in front of all others.
  • verb To place in the foreground (physically or metaphorically)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the part of a scene that is near the viewer
  • noun (computer science) a window for an active application
  • verb move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Drying stage in foreground is floored Arikara fashion with a mat of willows.

    Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden

  • The large bottle in the foreground is a reference not so much to obstemiousness or moderate consumption, but rather to the fact that Rémy Martin (now Rémy Cointreau) were a loyal and longstanding client of Mallesons, and their proprietors, M. and Mme. André Hériard Dubreuil, old and generous family friends.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Prominently displayed in the foreground is another Snoopy rod.

    The Barbie Rod Challenge

  • Prominently displayed in the foreground is another Snoopy rod.

    The Barbie Rod Challenge

  • In the foreground is the house with Frieda and Hattie sitting on the front steps.

    Building Beachwood: Ship Avenue, Circa 1921 « Beachwood Historical Alliance

  • In the foreground is the house with Frieda and Hattie sitting on the front steps.

    2009 December « Beachwood Historical Alliance

  • The large bottle in the foreground is a reference not so much to obstemiousness or moderate consumption, but rather to the fact that Rémy Martin (now Rémy Cointreau) were a loyal and longstanding client of Mallesons, and their proprietors, M. and Mme. André Hériard Dubreuil, old and generous family friends.

    The Trumbles at Leisure

  • In the foreground is the house with Frieda and Hattie sitting on the front steps.

    2009 December 18 « Beachwood Historical Alliance

  • I'm also willing to bet (read: positive) that the blurry "pen" in the foreground is a Wacom tablet pen, which normally wouldn't be on the front of a desk, as it's a graphic design pen used to write on computer tablets, not paper.

    Separate Can Never Be Equal

  • In the foreground is a hand-carved statue from Ghana of a Sankofa bird.

    Habari Gani

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