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 for foreground
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foreground \Fore"ground`\, n.
     On a painting, and sometimes in a bas-relief, mosaic picture,
     or the like, that part of the scene represented, which is
     nearest to the spectator, and therefore occupies the lowest
     part of the work of art itself. Cf. Distance, n., 6.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  foreground
      n 1: the part of a scene that is near the viewer
      2: (computer science) a window for an active application
      v 1: move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent;
           "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished
           career in linguistics" [syn: foreground, highlight,
           spotlight, play up] [ant: background, downplay,
           play down]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "foreground":
     anteriority, approach, approximation, bold front, brave face,
     brave front, closeness, confines, convergence, display, environs,
     facade, face, facet, facia, fore, forefront, forehand, foreland,
     forepart, forequarter, foreside, foreword, front, front elevation,
     front man, front matter, front page, front view, frontage, frontal,
     frontier, frontispiece, head, heading, immediacy,
     immediate foreground, lap, nearness, neighborhood, nighness,
     obverse, precinct, preface, prefix, priority, propinquity,
     proscenium, proximity, purlieus, vicinage, vicinity,
     window dressing
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  foreground
   vt.
  
      [Unix; common] To bring a task to the top of one's stack for immediate
      processing, and hackers often use it in this sense for non-computer tasks.
      ?If your presentation is due next week, I guess I'd better foreground
      writing up the design document.?
  
      Technically, on a timesharing system, a task executing in foreground is one
      able to accept input from and return output to the user; oppose 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 a good way to lose.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-10-24)
  

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