Definition of figure-ground in English:

figure-ground

adjective

Art Psychology
  • attributive 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.

    • ‘So while there initially seems to be a figure-ground reversal from one format to the other, in fact all the paintings were made the same way.’
    • ‘Like so many figure-ground dilemmas, this was resolved with moderately pleasing results for all concerned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Visual design should be informed by a consideration of the Laws of Perception, including figure-ground contrast, simplicity, proximity, similarity, symmetry and closure.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

figure-ground

/ˈfiɡyərˌɡround/