Background vs. Wallpaper

Background vs. Wallpaper — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Background and Wallpaper

Backgroundnoun

The ground or scenery located behind something.

Wallpapernoun

Paper often colored and printed with designs and pasted to a wall as a decorative covering.

Backgroundnoun

The part of a pictorial representation that appears to be in the distance and that provides relief for the principal objects in the foreground.

Wallpapernoun

A picture or design displayed on the background of a computer screen or cellphone.

Backgroundnoun

The general scene or surface against which designs, patterns, or figures are represented or viewed.

Wallpaperverb

To cover with wallpaper.

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Backgroundnoun

A position, area, or situation that is not immediately in one's attention or notice

You can hear traffic moving in the background during the interview.

Wallpaperverb

To decorate a wall or room with wallpaper.

Backgroundnoun

(Computers) The environment in which programs operate that the user does not engage with directly

processes that run in the background.

Wallpapernoun

(uncountable) Decorative paper-like material used to cover the inner walls of buildings.

Backgroundnoun

The circumstances and events surrounding or leading up to an event or occurrence.

Wallpapernoun

(countable) A roll of such paper.

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Backgroundnoun

A person's experience, training, and education

Her background in the arts is impressive.

Wallpapernoun

(countable) A style or design of such material.

He is letting her select the wallpapers for the whole house.

Backgroundnoun

The cultural or social environment in which a person was brought up or has lived

a class with students from many different backgrounds.

Wallpapernoun

Anything that serves as a background or part of the surroundings.

Backgroundnoun

Subdued music played especially as an accompaniment to dialogue in a dramatic performance.

Wallpapernoun

An image or tiled pattern used as the background of a computer desktop.

Backgroundnoun

Sound that intrudes on or interferes with an audio recording.

Wallpapernoun

Generic footage of a building or location that may be used in the background of a related news report.

Backgroundnoun

Low-level radiation, as from radioactive decay, that exists as part of the natural environment.

Wallpapernoun

Gaudy mass-produced stamps, typically of little or no value and only produced for sale to collectors.

Backgroundadjective

Less important in a scene.

background noise.

Wallpapernoun

A radio operator's collection of awards and QSL cards.

Backgroundnoun

One's social heritage, or previous life; what one did in the past.

The lawyer had a background in computer science.

Wallpaperverb

(transitive) To cover (a wall, a room, etc) with wallpaper.

Backgroundnoun

A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.

Wallpapernoun

a decorative paper for the walls of rooms

Backgroundnoun

Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.

Wallpaperverb

cover with wallpaper

Backgroundnoun

A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground).

There was tons of noise in the background.The photographer let us pick a background for the portrait.

Backgroundnoun

(computing) The image or color over which a computer's desktop items are shown (e.g. icons or application windows).

Backgroundnoun

(computing) A type of activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user.

The antivirus program is running in the background.

Backgroundverb

To put in a position that is not prominent.

Backgroundverb

(journalism) To gather and provide background information (on).

Backgroundnoun

a person's social heritage: previous experience or training;

he is a lawyer with a sports background

Backgroundnoun

the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground;

he posed her against a background of rolling hills

Backgroundnoun

information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem;

the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident

Backgroundnoun

extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured;

they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals

Backgroundnoun

relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation;

when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background

Backgroundnoun

the state of the environment in which a situation exists;

you can't do that in a university setting

Backgroundnoun

(computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear

Backgroundnoun

scenery hung at back of stage

Backgroundverb

understate the importance or quality of;

he played down his royal ancestry