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subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts accompaniment , backup , musical accompaniment , support
epic in Latin by Virgil; tells the adventures of Aeneas after the Trojan War; provides an illustrious historical background for the Roman Empire Aeneid
sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth alto relievo , alto rilievo , high relief
background, of the immediate ambient
background or preceding cause antecedent
design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland argyle , argyll
amplitude level of the undesired background noise background level , noise level
press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policy backgrounder
sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut bas relief , basso relievo , basso rilievo , low relief
sculptural relief that projects very little from background bas-relief , basso-relievo , low relief
flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship black flag , blackjack , Jolly Roger , pirate flag
fabric dyed with splotches of green and brown and black and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background camo , camouflage
detailed record of the background of a person or group under study or treatment case history
background or setting of event or text context
false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent) cover
markings vary but usually harmonize with background; of southwestern Arizona and Baja California Crotalus mitchellii , speckled rattlesnake
photograph from which the background has been cut away cutout
form of microscopic examination of living material by scattered light; specimens appear luminous against a dark background dark field illumination , dark ground illumination
United States electrical engineer who devised the Dolby system used to reduce background noise in tape recording Dolby , Ray M. Dolby
curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery drop , drop cloth , drop curtain
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