from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of a scene or picture that is nearest to and in front of the viewer.
  • n. See forefront.
  • transitive v. 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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