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foreground

the area of space in a perspective picture, depicted as nearest the viewer

foreground

[′fȯr‚grau̇nd]
(computer science)
A program or process of high priority that utilizes machine facilities as needed, with less critical, background work performed in otherwise unused time.

foreground

(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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This approach allows the flexibility to change the background image and/or foreground icons independently.
In recent years, with the development of video technology, the research on the automatic foreground extraction will become more and more popular.
where D is a data matrix whose columns are the pixels from each frame in the video sequence; L denotes a low-rank matrix which naturally corresponds to the stationary background; and S is a sparse matrix which contains the moving objects in the foreground. The Frobenius norm [[parallel]*[parallel].sup.2.sub.F] is defined as the quadratic sum of the matrix elements; the nuclear norm [[parallel]*[parallel].sub.*] is defined as the sum of its singular values; the [l.sub.1]-norm [[parallel]*[parallel].sub.1] is seen as the sum of the absolute values of the matrix elements [18,19].
Background subtract [9] is a common method used in foreground detection.
? Views of Eston, top left - a black and white postcard from the 1920s gives a view of Eston showing the chapel and the George IV public house; Top right - the chapel in the foreground stood on the corner of Church Lane and the High Street; above - Eston Institute before the clock was installed; Right - Eston Nab and mines; Left - Christ Church when it was still surrounded by farmland
The Cosmic Eye is socalled because the foreground galaxy, which is 2.2 billion light years from Earth, appears in the centre of an arc created by the distant galaxy - giving it the appearance of a human eye.
The foreground galaxy, or lens, lies 3 billion light-years from Earth, while the inner and outer rings are images of galaxies that lie farther away--6 billion and 11 billion light-years--and hail from an earlier epoch of cosmic history.
The fiddle playing for a bluegrass song can be listened to with the same foreground attention usually brought to the premiere of a new string quartet.
3 Figures are placed in the foreground and work begins on constructing a hut.
In the foreground of the picture is a sign or marker with Arabic writing on it that I think expresses an anti-American sentiment.
Foreground, used as a verb, is a favorite; something is foregrounded almost every third page.
Start the 4.6-liter, 320-horse-power Northstar V-8 engine, and the XLR's Corvette heritage roars into the foreground. Hit the button to retract the hardtop and put the XLR in gear--the purring engine howls and rockets you forward.