backgrounder

Definitions

  • Giant Raft. In the background is a completed raft; in the foreground a cradle in which a raft is being built
    Giant Raft. In the background is a completed raft; in the foreground a cradle in which a raft is being built
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n backgrounder a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policy "the secretary gave us a backgrounder on public health issues"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A cluster of small houses with a church in the background A cluster of small houses with a church in the background
Wall or fireplace tiles found at Jamestown which were made in Holland. The blue designs and pictures were painted on a white background Wall or fireplace tiles found at Jamestown which were made in Holland. The blue designs and pictures were painted on...
Blacktail deer snapped with a background of snow Blacktail deer snapped with a background of snow
The porcupine stood in the shade but the background was light The porcupine stood in the shade but the background was light
Iceberg with Miami in the Background Iceberg with Miami in the Background
A woman prays; ghostly figures stand in the background A woman prays; ghostly figures stand in the background
Part of the gardens with the house in the background Part of the gardens with the house in the background
THE ACADEMY, MOUNT LYCABETTUS IN THE BACKGROUND THE ACADEMY, MOUNT LYCABETTUS IN THE BACKGROUND

Quotations

  • Milan Kundera
    Milan%20Kundera
    “Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.”
  • John Locke
    John%20Locke
    “The discipline of desire is the background of character.”
  • Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters
    “I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    Alfred%20North%20Whitehead
    “Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.”

Usage

In literature:

He liked people, so long as they remained in the background.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Low, warm, unaggressive shades are needed as a background to bring out all her own best points.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
In the background, meeting of Mary and Elizabeth.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
At last he heard steps, then made out an object blacker than the black background.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
The monogram and date are on the background.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
Its hoarse roar echoed among the rocks and made a harmonious background for smaller and sharper notes.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
For the plain gold background he substituted the landscape, thus breaking down, as it were, a great wall, and seeing beyond it.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
The entire office staff faded into the background.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
A door in the background leads to a veranda.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
It was not like the brigand leader to remain in the background.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Nothing remained, except that impalpable powder against the background of the trees.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
It was about then that Count Skiphauser moves out of the background and begins to play up strong.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
He painted with a sense of the bridal bed in the background; of motherhood and of fat, growing babies, joyously nursed.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
A shadow from the trees in the background falls athwart a crouching Venus.
"Portia" by Duchess
We have pointed out that, as religion became more idealistic in its conception of deity, magic tended to drop into the background.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Archy Bates tacitly retired into the background.
"Command" by William McFee
He was content to sit in the background and observe.
"Assassin" by Jesse Franklin Bone
Stop out whites and eliminate backgrounds.
"From Xylographs to Lead Molds; A.D. 1440-A.D. 1921" by H. C. Forster
He decided upon the throne room of King Herod as the big general background of the show.
"Cinderella Jane" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
Michael watched this scene of intimate movement played against the background of elms and gray walls.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
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In poetry:

And if we ever acquire
The perfect life we crave,
A subtle warning tells us
Its background is the grave.
"The Postern Gate" by John Lawson Stoddard
For, looking in his eyes, I saw dim flame
Burning by fits within;
And on his brow there was a mark of shame—
Background to lust and sin.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
The little vale of Aberfoyle and its beautiful river
Is a sight, once seen, forget it you'll never;
And romantic ranges of rock on either side
Form a magnificent background far and wide.
"Beautiful Aberfoyle" by William Topaz McGonagall
The Palace Gardens. Interrupted sounds of music and revelry
come though the open windows of the ball-room, seen in the
background. RIBERA, pacing the stage, occasionally pausing
to look in upon the dancers.
"The Spagnoletto. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
And there he stands in memory to this day,
Erect, self-poised, a rugged face, half seen
Against the background of unnatural dark,
A witness to the ages as they pass,
That simple duty hath no place for fear.
"Abraham Davenport" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Now, haste thee cop!" I called aloud,
And seized him by the arm.
"There is a wretch without my house
Who bodes my treasure harm" ....
Toward the sky he waved a hand
And answered, "Ain't that background grand?"
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis

In news:

Orman has a background in developing websites and mobile applications and will assist with the company's net conversion project.
Sherry and Craig Petersen care about the future of our Fire Department and want to bring their business and medical backgrounds to the Fire Board.
Notice the other Egrets docked in the background.
Find out all you need to know about La Tour Eiffel : Fast Facts on CBS News' Who's Who, complete photos, historical and background info, and much more.
He was a minister of the Interdenominational faith with an Assembly of God background.
As a very brief background for those who are unaware, Unitarians and Universalist were liberal Christian denominations for hundreds of years.
Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt resigned Thursday from Gov Susana Martinez's Cabinet after refusing to submit to a background investigation.
Saturn's rings are in the background viewed edge-on.
Lead horse Nugget Background: Raised on the road, performing in his parents' Pickle Family Circus.
Rock concerts are more social events than musical events, of course, and you can have a great time with horrible live music in the background and vice versa.
After a background report, Susan Rice, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, gives an overview of recent events.
MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Conference: Celebrating Our Diverse Cultural Backgrounds.
WVU's Daron Robert unusual background might be why he's so successful.
The site allows you to select a background/theme and build a contact list.
Select a background or theme, type a short message, and send your invitations.
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In science:

Specifically, they considered a case with no background heating, a choice that changes the instability criterion and, more importantly, implies that the whole flow is cooling, so that the development of TI consists of a perturbation cooling faster than the background medium.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
Our first step is therefore to put forward a new Penrose limit of AdS5 × S 5 that results in a pp-wave background with a manifest space-like isometry and show that it induces a new pp-wave/gauge-theory duality between type IIB string theory on the pp-wave background and a certain scaling limit of N = 4 SYM theory.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
The resulting pp-wave background has previously been considered by Michelson where it was obtained by a coordinate transformation from the maximally symmetric type IIB pp-wave background considered in Ref.s [4, 1].
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
One of the interesting aspects of finding a pp-wave/gauge theory correspondence for a pp-wave with a space-like circle is that one can T-dualize this type IIB pp-wave background to a type IIA pp-wave background.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
In appendix A we The reader can find many technical details in the appendices. review the coordinate transformations found in Ref. which relate the original pp-wave background of Ref.s [4, 1] to the backgrounds discussed in sections 2 and 6.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
We review in appendix A how this background is connected to the maximally symmetricc type IIB pp-wave background of Ref.s [4, 1] by a coordinate transformation.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
Since we know that on the string theory side the two pp-wave backgrounds are related by a coordinate transformation this implies an interesting connection between coordinate transformations of a string theory background and different sectors in the dual gauge theory.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
Also, it implies a duality between a pp-wave background with a space-like circle and z− compact and a special scaling limit of an N = 1 QGT, the SYM theory which is dual to the AdS5 × S 5/(ZM1 × ZM2 ) background.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
Here, the first column refers to the backgrounds discussed in section 2, and the last column refers to the time dependent backgrounds of section 6.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
Analysis of the data and Monte Carlo simulations with atmospheric neutron flux indicate that a combination of neutron induced background from shields activation, only partially working shield sections, and the enhanced trigger efficien cy at low energy, may explain the measured background rate and spectral shape.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
Usually, an explicitly known nontrivial sigma-model can correspond only to ”bare” values of the background fields, while the exact background fields, which hypothetically describe the exact conformal theory are not really known.
String Theory or Field Theory?
The requirement of two-dimensional conformal invariance (see sect. 3.4) is equivalent to the condition that external background fields φi (X ) (including the specially singled out background metric GM N (X ) and dilaton Φ(X )) should be on a mass-shell, i.e. satisfy the equations of motion.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Because of the diverse backgrounds involved, we have made an effort to make this paper self-contained by including a little relevant background from each of these areas.
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
Massless backgrounds (like gravitons) are indeed constrained by the nucleosynthesis bound , which may be evaded by massive backgrounds dominated by the non-relativistic branch of the spectrum.
Phenomenology of the relic dilaton background
This study considers a stochastic geometrical background (stochastic gravitational background) generating correlation (or, coherency) of various quantum non-interacting ob jects.
An Algorithm of a Virtual Quantum Computer Model on a Classical Computer
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