background background  /ˈbæk ˌɡraʊnd/


  1. (n) a person's social heritage: previous experience or training
  2. (n) the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
  3. (n) information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
  4. (n) extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured
  5. (n) relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation
  6. (n) the state of the environment in which a situation exists
  7. (n) (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
  8. (n) scenery hung at back of stage
  9. (v) understate the importance or quality of


  1. He has yet to see his background profile.
  2. I watched in horror as my instant background check appeared before the gathered group of onlookers at iDate 2007, an Internet dating conference held in Miami this week.
  3. My research on background checks indicates that they have no effect in preventing criminals from obtaining guns.


  1. Former background investigator pleads guilty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former investigator who worked for the firm that conducted a background check on ex-National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden has pleaded guilty to charges of falsifying work on background investigations of other federal workers.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Background check contractor that vetted Snowden subject of a probe

    The federal contractor that performed a 2011 background check on Edward Snowden, the self-identified leaker of two confidential government surveillance programs, is the subject of a probe, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management told lawmakers Thursday.“Yes, we believe that there – there may be some problems,” Patrick McFarland, the OPM’s inspector general, said of Snowden’s ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Background Checks Faked With Lax Oversight, Watchdog Says

    Investigators charged with conducting background checks of U.S. national-security workers have falsified records and aren’t receiving adequate oversight, according to an inspector general’s testimony.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. Sessions said he would not support a nominee "who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their personal background, gender, prejudices to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court."
    on Jul 13, 2009 By: Jeff Sessions Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "No one is allowed to take the law into his own hands," said Zuma. "It against this background that the murder of Terre'Blanche must be condemned, irrespective of how his killers think they may have been justified. They had no right to take...
    on Apr 3, 2010 By: Jacob Zuma Source: AFP

  3. "Senator Obama in particular likes to talk up his background as a lecturer on law and also as someone who can work across the aisle to get things done," said McCain. "He went right along with the partisan crowd and was among the 22 senators...
    on May 8, 2008 By: John McCain Source:

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