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Foreground meaning

foreground - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. Space before the principal figures in a picture.

foreground - examples of usage

  1. I say:- the immediate foreground of the picture shows an amount of detail which could not be seen more than twenty yards away, and the average size of such details in nature shows that the bottom edge of the picture must measure about ten yards across. - "The Law and the Word", Thomas Troward.
  2. Sally and her lover were far and away the best foreground for the panorama of his mind just now, and she herself would be quite happy in the middle distance. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. But words are mere wind; the manner of them is everything, and the foreground of her mother's manner suggests a background to Sally. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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