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1. The state of being lighted; illumination.
a. The method or equipment used to provide artificial illumination.
b. The illumination so provided.
3. The act or process of igniting.


1. the act or quality of illumination or ignition
2. (Film) the apparatus for supplying artificial light effects to a stage, film, or television set
3. (Art Terms) the distribution of light on an object or figure, as in painting, photography, etc


(ˈlaɪ tɪŋ)

1. the act of igniting or illuminating.
2. the arrangement of lights to achieve particular effects.
3. an effect achieved by the arrangement of lights.
4. the way light falls upon a face, object, etc., esp. in a picture.
[before 1000]




  1. All lit up like warships in a foggy port —Amos Oz
  2. Everything lit up like a disco on Saturday night —Loren D. Estleman
  3. A glittering neon sign like wolves’ eyes —Elizabeth Bowen
  4. The gray light of the winter dawn lit the bedroom like a dreary fake impressionistic painting —Jerry Bumpus
  5. The house [with all lights on] blazed like a stage set —T. Coraghessan Boyle

    See Also: LIGHTING

  6. Light as a paper airplane (and as elegant) —Marge Piercy
  7. Lighted windows [at dawn] were scattered like yellow diamonds on black velvet —Loren D. Estleman
  8. Lighting streaked the snow. Like the urine of dogs by trees —William H. Gass
  9. (Offices … in which) light is a kind of yellow fluid, like old shellac —Scott Turow

    In his novel, Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow uses this comparison to paint a picture of the “Dickensenian” atmosphere in which the hero’s fellow lawyers work.

  10. The light seemed to be draining away like flood-water —Kenneth Grahame
  11. Lights glittered … like a diamond necklace round the neck of a lovely signorina —Donald Seaman
  12. Lights … pouring over us like scalding milk —Ira Wood
  13. The lights (of the bridge) were like strings of pearls hanging up in the air —Cornell Woolrich
  14. The light was golden like the flesh of women —Thomas Wolfe
  15. Like moons around Jupiter, pale moths revolved about a lone lamp —Vladimir Nabokov
  16. (The big glass window was) lit like a stage —Frank Tuohy
  17. (The place was) lit up like a birthday cake —Jayne Anne Phillips
  18. Lit up like a midway —Tom Robbins
  19. Lit up like a paper lantern —Willis Johnson
  20. Lit up like a whorehouse on Saturday night —Loren D. Estleman
  21. Lit up like skyscrapers or planes taking off —Marge Piercy
  22. [A truck] plastered with lights like a beer-joint —Carlos Baker
  23. Streetlights cast their shadows on the wall like a sharp, white condolence —Ariel Dorfman
  24. The street lights shone like tiny beads on a string —David Huddle
  25. When the lamps in the house are lighted it is like the flowering of lotus on the lake —Chinese proverb
  26. Windows [of a building] glowing like those of a lighted card-board house under a Christmas tree —Willa Cather
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - having abundant light or illuminationlighting - having abundant light or illumination; "they played as long as it was light"; "as long as the lighting was good"
illumination - the degree of visibility of your environment - apparatus for supplying artificial light effects for the stage or a film
apparatus, setup - equipment designed to serve a specific function
backlighting - lighting from behind - the craft of providing artificial light; "an interior decorator must understand lighting"
interior design, interior decoration - the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior - the act of setting something on fire
burning, combustion - the act of burning something; "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"


The act of physically illuminating or the condition of being filled with light:
إِضَاءَةٌإضاءَه، إنارَه
sự thắp sáng


A. N (= act) → iluminación f; [of fire] → encendimiento m; [of cigarette] → encendido m; (= system) → alumbrado m; (at pop show) → equipo m de luces, iluminación f (Theat) → iluminación f
B. CPD lighting effects NPLefectos mpl luminosos
lighting engineer Nluminotécnico/a m/f


[ˈlaɪtɪŋ] n
(on road)éclairage m
(in theatre)éclairages mpl
(in room)éclairage mlighting effects npl
(on stage)effets mpl de lumière
(in photography)effets mpl de lumièrelighting engineer néclairagiste mflighting-up time n (British) heure à laquelle les automobilistes sont tenus d'allumer leurs phares


nBeleuchtung f


[ˈlaɪtɪŋ] n (system) → illuminazione f; (in theatre) → luci fpl


(lait) noun
1. the brightness given by the sun, a flame, lamps etc that makes things able to be seen. It was nearly dawn and the light was getting stronger; Sunlight streamed into the room.
2. something which gives light (eg a lamp). Suddenly all the lights went out.
3. something which can be used to set fire to something else; a flame. Have you got a light for my cigarette?
4. a way of viewing or regarding. He regarded her action in a favourable light.
1. having light; not dark. The studio was a large, light room.
2. (of a colour) pale; closer to white than black. light green.
verbpast tense, past participle lit (lit) , ˈlighted
1. to give light to. The room was lit only by candles.
2. to (make something) catch fire. She lit the gas; I think this match is damp, because it won't light.
ˈlightness noun
ˈlighten verb
to make or become brighter. The white ceiling lightened the room; The sky was lightening.
ˈlighter noun
something used for lighting (a cigarette etc).
ˈlighting noun
a means of providing light. The lighting was so bad in the restaurant that we could hardly see.
lighthouse noun
a building built on rocks, coastline etc with a (flashing) light to guide or warn ships.
ˈlight-year noun
the distance light travels in a year (nearly 9.5 million million kilometres).
bring to light
to reveal or cause to be noticed. The scandal was brought to light by the investigations of a journalist.
come to light
to be revealed or discovered. The manuscript came to light in a box of books at an auction.
in the light of
taking into consideration (eg new information). The theory has been abandoned in the light of more recent discoveries.
light up
1. to begin to give out light. Evening came and the streetlights lit up.
2. to make, be or become full of light. The powerful searchlight lit up the building; She watched the house light up as everyone awoke.
3. to make or become happy. Her face lit up when she saw him; A sudden smile lit up her face.
see the light
1. to be born, discovered, produced etc. After many problems his invention finally saw the light (of day).
2. to be converted to someone else's point of view etc.
set light to
to cause to begin burning. He set light to the pile of rubbish in his garden.


إِضَاءَةٌ osvětlení belysning Beleuchtung φωτισμός iluminación valaistus éclairage osvjetljenje illuminazione 照明 점화 verlichting belysning oświetlenie iluminação освещение belysning การจัดแสง ışıklandırma sự thắp sáng 照明
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