Definition of figure-ground in English:

figure-ground

Syllabification: fig·ure-ground
Pronunciation: /ˈfiɡyərˌɡround
 
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adjective

[attributive] Psychology & Art
Relating to or denoting the perception of images by the distinction of objects from a background from which they appear to stand out, especially in contexts where this distinction is ambiguous.
More example sentences
  • Visual design should be informed by a consideration of the Laws of Perception, including figure-ground contrast, simplicity, proximity, similarity, symmetry and closure.
  • Although they vary widely in color, touch and composition, most of the paintings feature surfaces completely activated with marks and patterns, so that traditional figure-ground relationships are minimized or eliminated.
  • The figure-ground relationship here is unstable, with the sleek blue forms sometimes reading as the positive shape against the negative green ground, while at other times the relationship is reversed.

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