[fawr-ground, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌgraʊnd, ˈfoʊr-/

the or parts situated, or represented as situated, in the front; the portion of a scene nearest to the viewer (opposed to ).
a prominent or important position; forefront.
the part of a scene situated towards the front or nearest to the viewer
the area of space in a perspective picture, depicted as nearest the viewer
a conspicuous or active position
(transitive) to emphasize (an issue, idea, or word)

1690s, in the landscape sense, from fore- + ground (n.). First used in English by Dryden (“Art of Painting”); cf. Dutch voorgrond.

(Unix) On a time-sharing system, a task executing in foreground is one able to accept input from and return output to the user in contrast to one running in the background. Nowadays this term is primarily associated with Unix, but it appears first to have been used in this sense on OS/360. Normally, there is only one foreground task per terminal (or terminal window). Having multiple processes simultaneously reading the keyboard is confusing.
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