Definition of background noise in English:

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background noise


[mass noun]
1Extraneous sound which can be heard while listening to or monitoring other sounds: the background noise overwhelms any dialogue
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  • The interview itself also had a distracting level of background noise.
  • The street background noise is very important in your two films.
  • It would have likely taken more money than the project had to get the background noise out of the soundtrack.
1.1A person or thing considered to be irrelevant or incidental to the main issue or situation: she is nothing but background noise in the story it’s the basics that make our lives meaningful, the rest is just background noise
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  • For most of the movie, she was just background noise, an opinionated woman who really didn't want to be there.
  • The famous guests simply serve as background noise to the proceedings.
  • The editorial pages - like the news pages - are the distracting background noise of everyday life.

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