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From Latin contextus.
context (plural contexts)
- The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence.
- In what context did your attack on him happen? - We had a pretty tense relationship at the time, and when he insulted me I snapped.
- 2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, BBC Sport:
- The display and result must be placed in the context that was it was against a side that looked every bit their Fifa world ranking of 141 - but England completed the job with efficiency to record their biggest away win in 19 years.
- (linguistics) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.
- (archaeology) The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning.
- (mycology) The trama or flesh of a mushroom.
Derived terms 
text in which a word appears
circumstances or settings
- For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.
- (obsolete) To knit or bind together; to unite closely.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Feltham to this entry?)
- R. Junius
- The whole world's frame, which is contexted only by commerce and contracts.