• 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
    • v foreground move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"
    • n foreground (computer science) a window for an active application
    • n foreground the part of a scene that is near the viewer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Foreground 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foreground 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Foreground fōr′grownd the part of a picture nearest the observer's eye, as opposed to the background or distance.
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In literature:

And now there was likelihood of that glorious horizon being obscured by a sickening scandal in the vulgar foreground.
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
Often in the foreground of the habitant's life, always in the background at least, stand the Church and the priest.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
The lady of wealth has gotten her houses and lands in the foreground.
"The Ladies' Vase" by An American Lady
But it is a good idea to expose longer on the foreground than you do on the distance.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 711, August 17, 1889" by Various
The foreground is thrust back, the distance brought forward, and the middle distance is nowhere.
"Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses" by Horace Smith
The foreground has, in some parts, the crispness and richness of Woollett.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The farm house and the orchard in the foreground are as natural as life.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
In the foreground of a quiet Umbrian landscape is a marble balcony, on the railing of which sit two captivating little boy choristers.
"The Madonna in Art" by Estelle M. Hurll
The foreground was hard and firm.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
He has put an imaginary mountain in the distance and a great hill in the foreground.
"The Book of Art for Young People" by Agnes Conway

In poetry:

In the foreground we see time and life
swept in a race
toward the left hand side of the picture
where shore meets shore.
"Cezanne's Ports" by Allen Ginsberg
And in the foreground
The tall Cross,
Sombre, untenanted,
Aches for the Body
That is the back in the cradle
Of a maid's arms
"Pieta" by R S Thomas
And one a foreground black with stones and slags,
Beyond, a line of heights, and higher
All barr'd with long white cloud the scornful crags,
And highest, snow and fire.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Of pictures, I should like to own
Titians aud Raphaels three or four,—
I love so much their style and tone,
One Turner, and no more,
(A landscape,—foreground golden dirt,—
The sunshine painted with a squirt.)
"Contentment" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The NYU Steinhardt orchestral string ensemble performing with members of the Eagles, foreground from left, Timothy B Schmit, Glenn Frey , Don Henley and Joe Walsh at the Inaugural Vision Award Gala, Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 in New York.
Gabby Anderson, 5, in the foreground, and her sister Emma, 9, rest on a tree as they wait for their father to load another into his pickup truck.
Review Photo/ERIC HRIN Jennifer Gagliardi, in the foreground, and Maureen Yanuzzi help prepare Thanksgiving meals for shut-ins at the Sayre Elks Lodge Thursday.
Jays quarterback Thomas LePage (foreground) runs with the football during Friday night's scrimmage at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel greets Ernesto Gamboa, foreground, and other workers as he arrives to announce new labor agreements at the CTA Maintenance Facility in Chicago.
This Feb 15, 2012 photo, shows PlayStation PSVita, foreground, and its predecessor.
A new mechanical fruit thinner from France (foreground) is being tested WSU has been developing its own mechanical thinner (background).
Ayer selectman Gary Luca, foreground, pondered if there s legal standing to challenge the July 2012 education contract MassDevelopment signed with the Harvard School Committee.
In the foreground at right, family friend Alison Workman has been helping the Griffiths for 20 years.
A cemetery contains the graves of Twain, foreground, his wife and three daughters.
Defendants Louie Sanchez (foreground) and Marvin Norwood flank attorney Victor Escobedo during preliminary proceedings in Superior Court in June.
Chip Persons (foreground) and Bob Buckley in Gross Indecency .
Our focus today is on the fella in the foreground.
Nicole Bessette, right foreground, Palm Beach Gardens, and other volunteers sort and box relief supplies bound for Hurricane Sandy victims at a Loehmann's Plaza store in Palm Beach Gardens, Sunday, Nov 11, 2012.
Lazio German striker Miroslav Klose, foreground, is challenged by AS Roma's Daniele De Rossi during a Serie A soccer match at the Rome Olympic stadium, Sunday, Nov 11, 2012.

In science:

At these wavelengths the Zodiacal, Starlight, and emission by high galactic latitude dust produce two minima in the total foreground intensity, which is much lower here than it is in the optical-UV.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The study of active galactic nuclei and quasi stellar objects (both named AGN hereafter) behind nearby galaxies allows to probe the interstellar matter in the foreground galaxy.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
The determination of the cluster luminosity function requires a reliable estimate of the contribution of background/foreground objects to the UV counts.
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
Alternatively it might derive from a higher than expected fraction of foreground galaxies in Milliard et al. (1992).
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
However foreground galaxies should contribute significantly less than background ob jects due to the small sampled volume at V < 4000 km s−1 .
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters