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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Foreground \Fore"ground`\, 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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the part of a scene that is near the viewer
2: (computer science) a window for an active application
v 1: move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent;
"The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished
career in linguistics" [syn: foreground, highlight,
spotlight, play up] [ant: background, downplay,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "foreground":
anteriority, approach, approximation, bold front, brave face,
brave front, closeness, confines, convergence, display, environs,
facade, face, facet, facia, fore, forefront, forehand, foreland,
forepart, forequarter, foreside, foreword, front, front elevation,
front man, front matter, front page, front view, frontage, frontal,
frontier, frontispiece, head, heading, immediacy,
immediate foreground, lap, nearness, neighborhood, nighness,
obverse, precinct, preface, prefix, priority, propinquity,
proscenium, proximity, purlieus, vicinage, vicinity,
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
[Unix; common] To bring a task to the top of one's stack for immediate
processing, and hackers often use it in this sense for non-computer tasks.
?If your presentation is due next week, I guess I'd better foreground
writing up the design document.?
Technically, on a timesharing system, a task executing in foreground is one
able to accept input from and return output to the user; oppose background
. Nowadays this term is primarily associated with Unix, but it appears
first to have been used in this sense on OS/360. Normally, there is only
one foreground task per terminal (or terminal window); having multiple
processes simultaneously reading the keyboard is a good way to lose.
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
(Unix) On a time-sharing system, a task executing in
foreground is one able to accept input from and return output
to the user in contrast to one running in the background.
Nowadays this term is primarily associated with Unix, but it
appears first to have been used in this sense on OS/360.
Normally, there is only one foreground task per terminal (or
terminal window). Having multiple processes simultaneously
reading the keyboard is confusing.
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