in the background


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in the background

In a (literal or figurative) place where someone or something is not very noticeable. I'm not the best dancer, so the director has put me in the background for most scenes. The more new people get hired, the more I feel ignored and lost in the background!
See also: background
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musician Susie Ibarra's lively drumming in the background lends a beatnik ambience.
Staab jogs along t he Schuylkill River, with the Philadelphia Art Museum in the background.
With mariachi music in the background, sixteen-year-old Suzie Diaz tells me about her encounter with the Border Patrol two years ago.
The software also supports stamping encrypted files and the linearization of PDF, which enables a user to view any selected page of a PDF document while it downloads from the Internet in the background.
The landscape in the background is out of focus and seems almost to be speeding by in a blur of motion.
By infecting Windows 95 applications Babylonia spreads like a normal virus by replicating through a system using a resident copy hidden in the background.
ViruSweep, while it continuously and automatically monitors the PC in the background, stops viruses from invading a PC via Internet downloads, e-mail, floppies or over a network -- protecting against boot sector, standard file, polymorphic, stealth, encrypted, multipartite, and macro viruses and Trojan horses.
Rather than requiring viewers to wait while an entire project downloads, as do other plug-ins, Roadster lets developers provide a simple start-up interface, or "shell," and stream additional data in the background as bandwidth allows.
With BackWeb, customers will receive the information they want, delivered in the background within any active application running on their PC, so there's no need to search for it or wait for time-consuming downloads.